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Overwintering a Japanese Painted?

15 years ago

Hello - I found the previous thread about these, and was encouraged to hear someone has kept them alive in a zone meaner than mine.

I had one of these ferns last year but lost it last winter, possibly because of 3 feet of snow sitting on it for 4 months, and then melting and drowning it in my clay. Anyway, I have another one this year, already 15 inches tall, and I want to keep it! What would it like this winter? They die back to the ground (I believe), so should I mulch the spot? Or keep the snow cleared off of it? Last year's snow was freakish, and this one's soil is better ammended, so hopefully it won't drown.

Thanks for any help!


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