As winter starts to approach, you prepare yourself by purchasing items that will help you get through the snowy season. In contrast, your plants are probably something that you do not prepare as much for the weather change.
Moving Plants Indoor
A good way of knowing it is time to move your plants indoor is when the temperatures begin to drop below 45 degrees during the night. To prevent them from being exposed to the cold weather, your tropical, semi-tropical, and cold-intolerant potted plants should be brought indoor.
Before you bring your plants inside, make sure to spray them with your choice of product to get rid of those unwanted insects. Spraying will help get rid of any insects that might stay in the soil or on the leaves of your plant. Once your plants are inside, place them near a window so they receive adequate sunlight.
Your plants should have enough space to grow and thrive. Do not over crowd the plants and give them all some “personal space”. Decrease the amount of water you give your plants as they need less moisture. Also, check that the soil is completely dry before watering your plants again.
Find more tips for growing your plants indoor here.
What Plants Should You Move Inside?
Although there are some plants that can survive the winter cold, many plants cannot tolerate this weather. The plants that can live outdoors have a way of storing “food” underground. Other plants are not able to do this which is why they need to be moved inside. Below are some examples of plants that you might want to move indoor, just to name a few:
- Chinese Hibiscus
- Passion flowers
- Banana plants
- Calla lilies
- Sago palms
Preparing Your Outdoor Plants
While you are caring for some of your plants by bringing them indoors, some of your plants are good enough to leave outdoors. First, you should clean up around the area where the plants are. Other than cleaning the area, try to remove any debris surrounding the base of your plant, like fallen leaves and weeds, to ensure a clean environment before the snow starts to fall.
Additionally, you should cover your perennials and shrubs by making a pile of mulch compiled from any compost or decaying leaves. Make sure to create these mounds around the plants base. This will serve as insulation against the cold and snow for them to continue to grow.
At this time you can start planting your spring flower bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Putting them in the ground now will result in an eye-catching garden for the next season as they need more time to grow. Here are great examples to check out the different types of bulbs you can plant if you are having trouble deciding what to get.
Stay pro-active by preparing for this change. Taking a few steps to prepare the plants for Winter now, will result in great blossoms for the Spring.
Have you started prepping your plants for the winter?