OK – took Margaret’s advice and bought this plant this spring. Only size I could find was 4″ square ugly plastic mailorder pot, so promptly replanted into 10″ terracotta decorative pot – not thinking about wintertime (Bethlehem, PA). Plant has done great on sunny south deck and doubled in size this year, but it’s getting colder, and what to do now? You put black plastic pot in vegetable garden, but should I take it out of existing pot and put it in ugly pot and put it in ground? Leave it, move location, and hope for best? Would love any suggestions. Thanks!
1. You could take it out of the terracotta pot and heel it into the Veg garden without a pot, store the terracotta somewhere dry, and then next spring dig up the yucca and re-pot into the 10″ terracotta.
2. You could find a plastic pot that will fit just inside of the 10″ terracotta to make the removal and overwintering a little simpler, just lift the plastic pot out in the fall and heel into the veg pot and all. Then next spring place the yucca, plastic pot and all back into the terracotta.
3. You could plant the yucca into a plastic pot that is just big enough for the yucca, heel into the veg with the plastic pot and then next year put the Yucca, pot and all into a much larger decorative pot and combine with annuals or other perennials.
I think it is a great question! Most people think of containers as only for annuals. So I think it is good to be reminded of how much fun it can be to mix annuals with perennials and all the options of how to overwinter them (or not! just cause it is a perennial doesn’t mean you have to keep it…)
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.