Seasonal plants do not always survive in all weather conditions. In the case of tender plants, it is difficult to make them grow and bloom with the same intensity during winter. So, it becomes necessary to protect them by overwintering. Overwintering of plants refers to the process of keeping them in a warm sheltered place, away from the cold and snow. For this process, you may follow the following steps:
Stick To Warm Places For Plants
The most convenient way to overwinter tender plants is to place them in warm surroundings. Before the winter fall starts, bring all your tender tubs indoors and arrange them accordingly. If the plants are too crowded or huge, you can get them cut into half and also give the desired shape. You may place them near a window where sunlight is accessible, or place them at any warm corner of your home. If your balcony receives enough sunlight and is not exposed to snow, you may arrange the plants. There is a decorative manner during the day.
Another essential step to follow before bringing the plants indoors is to check for pests or any other diseases. The dampness of winter makes it easy for diseases to spread. Hence, having them appropriately checked is an inevitable step.
Once the winter has passed, and the weather is bright and sunny, take your tubs back outdoors. But do not expose them to the sun directly. Instead, let them be in the shade for a week or two to help them adjust with the outer air.
Cool And Bright Conditions
Some plants can survive in cool conditions too. That doesn’t mean that you will make them stand in the snow, but you may place them in your backyard or basement that has been illuminated by high-intensity discharge timbers or lamps. In this way, you nurture them in the same way as the ones kept indoors. The plants will get the much-needed warmth and stay protected from the cold.
Do not forget to water them regularly, or when the soil is dry. Also, keep on turning the pots frequently to make the plants grow evenly.
Cool And Dark Settings
You can overwinter tender plants by storing them in a cool, dark setting too. This is one of the preferable ways of overwintering as it requires the least effort. Some tropical plant goes through a dormant stage because of the dryness that comes with the winter season. This is a tricky way to make the tender plant survive winter without exposure to anything – light, water, and even soil. If there is no proper basement at your home, you may try this trick in your garage too. But keep in mind to take care of bulbous plant such as tubers, bulbs or rhizomes, etc. differently than the other plant having fleshy stems and leaves. Store the bulbous roots in cardboard boxes, plastic crates, or empty pots if they seem to dry out water them heavily.
Winter is a complicated time for tropical plants. Hence, overwintering them in the right way is indeed necessary.