Protect Your Plants Throughout Winter

January 26, 2020

If you’re like most gardeners, throughout the spring and summer, you’ve put in a great deal of time and care to nurture the plants in your yard.

Now that winter has come along, it’s normal to be nervous about your precious perennials. Will they freeze to death under the snow and ice?

Fortunately, the answer is no! There are measures you can take to protect them, and they don’t involve turning your home into a greenhouse.

To protect your blooms during chilly and icy weather, follow these tips.

Wrap Up Decorative Pots

Not all pots are made to withstand cold temperatures, so be sure to wrap up any decorative containers. Burlap can make for good insulation in freezing temperatures. Wrap the pots and secure the burlap using string.

Line Clay Pots

Roll of bubble wrap isolated on whiteCreating an extra air pocket between pots and your plants can go a long way in protecting them from the harsh weather. Try lining your pot with bubble wrap to protect the roots.

This is actually a good tip for any time of year. During the spring, the bubble wrap can prevent precious moisture from evaporating away from your plant.

Use Fleece for Extra Protection

If you have particularly sensitive potted plants, wrap them in fleece and move them away from the threat of harsh winter winds. An area, such as a shed, is a good place to store them. You can remove the fleece when the weather starts to warm up.

Of course, you should bring any potted plants inside that require a frost-free minimum winter temperature.

Plants that Need Extra Protection

In the following list, you’ll find some common household plants that require winter protection:

  • Aloe
  • Begonia
  • Cactus
  • Chinese Fan Palm
  • Fuchsia
  • Geranium
  • Oleander
  • Winter Jasmine

Of course, this isn’t the complete list! When it comes to protecting your plants, you’re better safe than sorry.

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