The winter can be a big problem for some kinds of plants, so it’s important to do what you can to keep them alive and healthy during the colder weather.
You don’t want to do lots of hard work throughout the rest of the year for nothing, after all! Thankfully, there are things that you can do to keep your plants alive during the winter months.
First of all, it can help if you plant them in cold frames or cloches. These are little glass covers that come in a bell shape, and it means that the plants will still grow even when it’s cold.
You should also make every effort to protect the plants too. If you’re keeping outside, make sure that the plants are planted in the ground.
Most pots simply will not last throughout the winter when the temperatures are cold. If you put them right into the soil then they should be okay – just dig them out when the weather starts getting warmer.
Applying mulch can help to keep your plants warm during the winter too, helping to keep them alive even when it’s cold. Make sure that you bring any exotic plants inside, whether it’s into your home or into a greenhouse.
Finally, it can help to grow plants that are going to flower during the spring months, since they will usually be fine during the cold weather.
How do you insulate a plant for winter?
There are a few things that you can do to insulate your plants for winter. Firstly, some people recommend getting outdoor plant pots that are designed to be insulated for the winter. These pots help to keep the roots insulated so they don’t get damaged by any excessively hot or cold weather.
The best thing to do, however, is to apply mulch to your plants that you want to insulate. The mulch is helpful since it helps to hold in any heat and moisture in the soil, which is vital for helping your plants to continue growing.
Getting mulch that has been made out of pine or wheat straws is useful, since it’s pretty simple to get rid of it when the winter is over. It’s also good at keeping any heat on your plants. It costs very little money and it ensures that your plants don’t get damaged from the cold weather.
One note of caution, however. You should make every effort not to use an excessive amount of mulch. Certain plants, such as strawberries or roses will not cool down sufficiently ready to grow in spring if the mulch covers them for too long.
It’s important to keep that in mind and remove the mulch in good time before the spring rolls around. This will help to ensure that they grow well during the spring months when it’s slightly warmer.
What do you do with potted perennials in the winter?
During the winter, you need to take steps to help your perennials to survive. The weather is usually much colder in the winter, making it harder for a lot of perennials to withstand the change in the weather.
One of the best things to do is find some protection for your perennials. If the perennials are rated to your hardiness zone, or one zone colder, then you can allow them to remain outside so long as you provide a suitable form of protection.
You should move the perennial pot to somewhere that is sheltered, for instance next to a shed. Make it face North too, since this will help to ensure that it’s out of the wind. Bring the pots all together if you have a few, and cover them up using organic materials such as straw or leaves.
Alternatively, you can also bring the potted perennials inside of your house. If you are at all concerned about your perennial plants’ ability to survive outside, it’s always better to be careful and bring them inside. Bring them inside to a location that hasn’t been heated and isn’t excessively bright.
A garage or a cold cellar will usually work quite well. You can also bury the pots in the garden to keep them insulated before the ground begins to freeze if you would prefer to keep them outside and you know that they can handle the cold.
Where should I store my plants in the winter?
It can often be difficult to know where to store your plants in the winter. After all, the winter is colder, so some plants can’t stay outside, so what should you do?
Well, you can do things to insulate them outside if you wish. For instance, you can use hot caps or cloches, or you can put mulch on the plants. A cold frame can work wonders if you are looking for a solution that will permanently stay in your garden.
Of course, the best option will usually be to use a greenhouse if you have one. This will help to ensure that all of your plants will thrive throughout the year, regardless of the weather.
If you’re storing perennials, you should get the plants to go into their dormant stage as this will help them to survive the winter weather. Cover them up with mulch.
For tropical plants, you should dig up the bulbs when it gets cold and put the bulbs onto newspaper. Then, put them in a patio, shed or somewhere else indoors that’s well protected. When spring comes again you can then plant them all over again.
Ultimately, the storage option can depend on the type of plant. It’s always best to check online for what your plant needs to ensure that it has the best care during the winter season.