Don't plant dogwoods until spring

GARDEN Q&A

November 05, 2005|By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI | JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I bought some trees, shrubs and perennials, but freezing weather will arrive before I get them in the ground. What do I do now? The nursery lady told me to keep the dogwood in the garage.

Most containerized plants can be planted any time of year, even when the ground is frozen, provided a hole can be dug. Some trees, however, such as dogwoods, are more successful when planted in spring and should be held over. The root systems of plants in containers are subject to air temperatures colder than they experience in the ground.

s Home and Garden Information Center, which offers Maryland residents free gardening information. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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