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To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Post by Ron » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:46:28



I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
after it freezes or leave them exposed?

Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

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To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Post by JoeSpareBedroo » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 10:22:52



Quote:
>I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
> after it freezes or leave them exposed?

> Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

I cast 11 votes for mulch. Don't ask how I came up with 11. :-) But, wait
until the ground freezes.
 
 
 

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Post by Persephon » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 10:27:09


On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 01:22:52 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"

Quote:



>>I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
>> after it freezes or leave them exposed?

>> Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

>I cast 11 votes for mulch. Don't ask how I came up with 11. :-) But, wait
>until the ground freezes.

WHY???

Persephone

(where the ground never freezes)

 
 
 

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Post by JoeSpareBedroo » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 10:29:56



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> On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 01:22:52 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"



>>>I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
>>> after it freezes or leave them exposed?

>>> Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

>>I cast 11 votes for mulch. Don't ask how I came up with 11. :-) But, wait
>>until the ground freezes.

> WHY???

> Persephone

> (where the ground never freezes)

Where the ground DOES freeze, mulch can keep it from freezing quickly and
completely. That can cause expansion & contraction around plant roots, also
known as heaving. Not good for the plants. Once the ground freezes, you want
it to stay frozen until spring, rather than freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw.
 
 
 

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Post by Jangchu » Mon, 14 Aug 2006 11:53:25


Foxglove is a biennial plant and will flower on this years growth.
The plant flowers, throws seed, it germinates and those plantlets stay
over winter in the soil and bloom in spring.  The plant which bloomed
this year will be dead.  With that in mind, check around for any
germinated seeds on the soil and after the soil freezes, put down some
mulch, but lighty.



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>I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
>after it freezes or leave them exposed?

>Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

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Post by Ron » Tue, 15 Aug 2006 04:42:58


Well, the bed is almost entirely NEW plants that I hope will bloom next
year. They were started from seed this spring.  I am guessing that I need to
much ( as you say LIGHTLY" and get the mulch off early in the spring! Right?

Ron H.


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> Foxglove is a biennial plant and will flower on this years growth.
> The plant flowers, throws seed, it germinates and those plantlets stay
> over winter in the soil and bloom in spring.  The plant which bloomed
> this year will be dead.  With that in mind, check around for any
> germinated seeds on the soil and after the soil freezes, put down some
> mulch, but lighty.



> >I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
> >after it freezes or leave them exposed?

> >Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

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Post by Jangchu » Tue, 15 Aug 2006 05:06:00


No, I would leave the mulch in place in spring and put down more as
you can determine the plants you want to keep and those which are
weeds.  Over the season, the mulch will break down and the seeds will
drop again on a thin layer of mulch and germinate, flowering the
following year...that's the cycle.



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>Well, the bed is almost entirely NEW plants that I hope will bloom next
>year. They were started from seed this spring.  I am guessing that I need to
>much ( as you say LIGHTLY" and get the mulch off early in the spring! Right?

>Ron H.



>> Foxglove is a biennial plant and will flower on this years growth.
>> The plant flowers, throws seed, it germinates and those plantlets stay
>> over winter in the soil and bloom in spring.  The plant which bloomed
>> this year will be dead.  With that in mind, check around for any
>> germinated seeds on the soil and after the soil freezes, put down some
>> mulch, but lighty.



>> >I have a nice bed of about 2 dozen foxglove. Should I plan to mulch them
>> >after it freezes or leave them exposed?

>> >Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin

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