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B3B3 Posts: 27,018

Part of my patio shelters plants on three sides.

I was wondering if height above the ground make a difference. Would it be even better if I put them on my patio table and chairs?

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018

    With the best will in the world which incidentally I haven't got, I know I would never get round to fleecing and bubble-wrapping stuff but is the temperature difference above the ground significant at this time if year? The patio faces north so it won't get warmed by the sun.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I tuck pots against walls - I don't have time to faff with fleece and bubblewrap! Everything survives up here without any problem, even if we have a week of sub zero temps.

    I thnk it's quite surprising just how much cold some plants will take - a lot more than most people realise. It's waterlogged plants that are at more risk of freezing. Make sure the drainage is right and you'll have no issues with that. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Also mine are enjoying a group hug with a fleece thrown over them!

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    As well as cold, it's usually the excessive wet and damp that rots them, so a simple drape could be useful (it's on my list to do this week). Plants like lavender, rosemary or hebe in a pot will hate our wet English winters, so i've taken them fully under cover. It'll also depend on the drainage and how much grit you've added to your containers.

  • hi b3 I am like a few of them that bubble wrap or fleece I have 2 large b/berry pots in g/house 4 cuttings I took in pots around pot ( I took 2 lots  so 8 in total )I and I have 2 grafted chillis 2peppers also and a couple more plants in winter coats so iam hoping that they grow on     Michael

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