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Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

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Jasminium15
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Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:04 pm

Is it a good idea to mulch your herbs when you live in an extreme env like the tx . That gets really cold winters Almost there. All of a sudden.

Does this affect the root system or production of more leaves and flowers for the coming year?

Can this kill a plant? Ive noticed my Yarrow took a hard hit so I put some mulch on that my Lavender Sage Rosemary and my Mints.


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Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:34 am

Is this a good idea?


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Sanna
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:44 am

How cold does it get there? You might need to cover with something, and wrap something around the pot to prevent the roots from freezing.


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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:48 am

It went from about the 80s with high humidity straight down to low 50s in a matter of a couple of days which caused a very cold precipitous fog due to the humidity.

I have mulched with Pine Bark about 1 to 1.5 inches on herbs not too much because my variety can be finicky about ph level and soil type.



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Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:48 am

It went from about the 80s with high humidity straight down to low 50s in a matter of a couple of days which caused a very cold precipitous fog due to the humidity.

I have mulched with Pine Bark about 1 to 1.5 inches on herbs not too much because my variety can be finicky about ph level and soil type.



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Sanna
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:54 am

50 should be fine with a bit mulching. If temperature drops below 35 you need to wrap it up more to project it from freezing. Mint is very tough thoug, takes lower temperatures without problems. Image


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Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:01 am

My Salvia and my Bougainville took a hard hit too.
My Lavender is still getting better.
What temps should I look out for?


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Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:01 am

My Salvia and my Bougainville took a hard hit too.
My Lavender is still getting better.
What temps should I look out for?


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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:49 am

I'd say that 50 is a limit for Bougainville. Its a warm weather flower and not to good at cold climates.

Salvia and Lavender is both hardier and will come again next year even with quite cold winters. Around 15 degrees farenheit (-10 degrees celsius) has been fine where I live...
Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:51 am

Oh no my Bougainville I should bring it inside?


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Jasminium15
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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:51 am

Oh no my Bougainville I should bring it inside?


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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:35 am

I would bring it inside. If you have an area slightly colder than room temperature that would be the best. If not I think that room temperature will be ok. The leaves will fall of, but come back in the spring. Oh I can't wait for spring to come now!


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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:36 am

Me either


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Re: Mulching herbs to protect from extreme drop in weather

Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:36 am

Me either


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