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Bringing My Memorial Petunias In for the Winter?

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Here is a picture of my sweet girl, Minnie. I had her put to sleep on 6/1/2020. She was a toy poodle, 18 years old and my emotional support animal. To remember her, I bought myself a petunia plant and had it outside all summer. I live in Buffalo, NY, in the Northeast and my petunia still looks fine, but it's now cold and I don't want it to die.

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The 10 inch pot has holes drilled on the bottom. Can I keep it alive in my house over the winter? I have a basin that my washing machine drains into, so I thought I could water it in there and somehow have it drain in there overnight and then perhaps put it somewhere in my house. For the summer, I had it outside on a plastic chair that had slats in the bottom for the water to drain from the pot. I have them in the house now on a throw rug that I can shake outside.

Is it a good idea to bring my petunias in? Can I keep them alive inside my home? I'd hate to throw them out. Thanks in advance for any advice!

(The petunias in the picture here are from another summer. Wasn't Minnie beautiful? I miss her so much, my dear, sweet baby :( )

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November 25, 20200 found this helpful
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These plants are perennials and normally can grow year-round in warmer climates. However, it is possible to bring them in during the winter months so you can put them out again. These plants don't do good inside your home if it is too warm. You will need to find a good place for the plant that isn't too hot for this plant to survive inside. Many growers suggest that you find a place in your garage that is out of the way to winter the plant in. This plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 39 degrees during the winter months. During the winter months, it is suggested that you water these planes once every 3 to 4 weeks or when the soil is really dried out. You can't overwater these plants during the winter or they can die. Try to find a nice cool place in your home that isn't too hot or too cold for this plant. If you have a room you close off during the winter and don't heat this would be a good place to store the plant during this time. If not you can always put the plant in your garage as long as it isn't too cold there and the plant freezes. During the winter months, the plant will not boom. In spring you can put this back outside again and it should start to bloom again.

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November 20, 20200 found this helpful

First and foremost , Sorry for your loss. There are a few things needed to make them last longer. They will need to be cut back, in order to get longer life from them . Here is a step by step way to preserve this flower/plant. - www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../overwintering-petunias.htm

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November 20, 20200 found this helpful

Petunias can take some cold but you should find out how to take care of your flowers for the USDA zone/area where you live.
Here is a link to find your zone:
garden.org/.../

You can post your question on this site and someone will provide the information you need as they are familiar with the type of weather in your area:
ask.extension.org/ask

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November 29, 20200 found this helpful

I brought mine in (Omaha, N.E zone 5) about 3 weeks ago. They are in a container, in the dark garage, cool but not cold. I do a very minimal watering once a week. They are actually blooming in the garage right now. I did this last year with geraniums and took out in the spring and they bloomed. Linda H.

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