When the weather gets colder and the sky gets darker, when the sky gets dark, gardeners are faced with the question of how to protect plants in winter. No matter how healthy your plants are in the warm season, they can cause permanent damage in the winter months.
So how do you protect your valuable plant babies from the severe winter cold? Of course, everything depends on what plants you have and how much you are willing to do to keep them alive. Whether you’re doing something (repotting, growing in lights, repotting, lighting, or just want to know if you should throw away your hanging baskets now before they die), don’t forget these tips so you can take care of your plants in winter.
Protecting Container Plants in Winter
Potted plants are just as important as cute pots, which I appreciate, but not as much as pots in the garden.
If you live in the warmest part of Zone 8 South, wintering your plants will be quite difficult, and most of your favorite flowers will probably last until spring. If you live in zone 4 (the coldest zone), you don’t have to make much winterproof, but watch out for persistent snow or other bad weather that could force you to bring plants home. Cover your plant with frost and keep it moist (not dripping wet) but not too moist.
Some regions will probably have to introduce plants to prevent them from dying from the harsh cold and wind. So plan to make room for them and let them die in the cold, but if you plan to plant or introduce them, start with anything that has been planted in terracotta (leaves). Terra cotta is porous and can crack in frost, so put it in a pot in winter to protect it. Put everything in a glaze that is a little harder but can be fine depending on the temperature.
In pots outside, you should switch to plastic, wood or fiberglass, which can be left outside. Plastic can crack when the soil expands during frost and damage plants in regions prone to rapid or persistent frost.
What Plants to Bring Inside in Winter
You are now faced with the decision which plants to plant for the winter. To start sorting, look at the requirements of your individual plants and place the most cold-sensitive pots and plants in the middle. Pack your pots with burrs wrapped in plastic wrap to provide extra insulation and prevent roots and soil from freezing to death. If you need to repot, thin out your plants and, if necessary, move the remaining pots to the bottom of the container.
No matter how cold – tolerant your plants are, they need full sun in winter, whether they need it or not.
While those who need warmer temperatures may be better off indoors, plants that need a lot of sun are better off staying outdoors without insulation. If your plants do not thrive outside, they will not be healthy in winter, so leave everything from pests to diseases out in the open.
Your favorite plants should take precedence over those you would miss in spring, but if you are sentimental, you should choose them carefully because they work hard – for you and for you.
If you grow peppers and tomatoes, you can plant smaller plants, especially terrace plants, and bear fruit throughout the winter. Some people need a lot of light, but it can be worth switching away from fresh vegetables. Think about your needs and place your placement in the foreground to ensure that you get the right amount of sun and care in winter and find a place for your favorite plants in your garden, such as in the shade of a shrub or tree or in a tall tree.
Don’t worry about light until the frost danger is over, but keep your soil moist and have a reserve if the plants you have taken cuttings from don’t show up in winter. If you run out of space for your beloved plants, take a cut or pot of cut material and plant a new plant. The cut takes up less space than a whole plant and you can replant it in the warmer months.
There are many things you can grow indoors in winter that can adapt to temperature fluctuations, but if you keep the temperature indoors, the plants will need a little time to adapt.
Bring them home and introduce them to what you are taking home so they can adapt to the temperature fluctuations.
Plants You Can Grow in Winter
Look out for dormant plants and get your winter blues out and plant them in a warm, dry place.
Vegetables such as lettuce, rocket and spinach can also be grown indoors, and the excess can be dried. You can enjoy home-grown spices all year round, but even better, they are an excellent addition to autumn and winter cuisine.
Fortunately, baby micro vegetables can still be used to make delicious salads and side dishes, as well as sandwiches. The easiest way to harvest baby and small vegetables is in spring and summer, with the exception of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, peas, peppers, onions, celery, potatoes and carrots.
Sprouts are also a good choice for winter indoor cultivation, but if you need a small boost, you should consider growing light to help your citrus fruits thrive. Citrus fruits are brought home in winter, where they benefit from warmer temperatures. However, to really thrive, they need more than a few hours of sunlight a day, and a window to the south is usually sufficient.
You can grow a variety of seeds such as clover, alfalfa, radish and sunflower. Always keep your garden clean and buy organic, pathogenic, free germinating seeds to avoid contamination by fertilizers and other contaminants.
Protecting hanging baskets during winter
Hanging baskets can add colour to your garden, but how to save in winter? If you want to keep your colors for the winter, choose a safe, secure hanging basket, such as this one from a local garden center or garden center.
The weather is often cloudy, and there is little to no sunlight for plants in winter, especially in the winter months. If you turn your plants around from time to time, take care of the plants that need the most sun and prioritize their placement, you can maximize the time they spend in the sun.
Harder plants can withstand the cold weather with a little more care, but there are some hardier plants, such as hardy perennials and shrubs, that cannot.
The air is often warmer than the ground, which provides a bit of extra protection, but you have to protect yourself from the harsh winds. Consider lowering your planters closer to the ground, as wind can damage plants as well as cold.
In preparation for night frost, a simple garbage bag or basket can help to prevent the plants from freezing to death. However, if the frost lasts longer than overnight, use a cover that has been specifically designed to protect against frost to keep it safe.
Those who have space in the garden should plant hanging baskets, pots and anything else that is in the dirt. Dig a hole big enough to bury your pots and bury them so they stay warm and comfortable all winter.
Tips for Prepping Your Garden for Winter
What else can you do to keep your plants healthy over the winter, and what plants can you plant indoors? Plan what herbs you will grow for the winter and sort them out so you don’t have to plant them all indoors.
Mulch for Winter
Mulch is the best friend of the winter gardener, and by adding additional material to the soil, you insulate your plants from the harsh temperatures. The use of organic mulch can add additional nutrients and give a boost in the event of decay, but you have to wait until the end of the season to prevent the plants from weakening.
Trees also need a little winter love, but they are not the only ones who need extra protection from the harsh winter weather.
If a sensitive tree is not enveloped, there may be a sun scalding, caused by rapid heating and cooling of the bark, which can cause cracks. Insects and diseases can easily enter through cracked trees, so you should protect yourself from them early. Protect your logs with burdock or similar breathable materials to keep the frost away.
A sharp drop in temperature can shock plants and damage can occur as early as two weeks after the first frost or only a week or two later.
Cover Plants During Winter
Covering plants in night frost can protect them from cold and frost, as well as the effects of cold on their growth. Choose breathable fabrics or plastics to limit contact between the fabric and the leaves. Remove the coatings as quickly as possible to prevent unhealthy heat accumulation in sunlight.