Description: When reading the post, you’ll know how to care for winter plants, and what conditions to create to ensure their health and survival in cold seasons. You’ll find practical tips and the list of the best plants to grow in winter in either pots or gardens.
Winter Plants – Clear and Simple Guidelines for the Care
Bright and beautiful autumn and winter plants in our houses and apartments greet the eye and warm the heart during the colder seasons. If having a garden, we should also think of the best ways of protecting our greenery from cold. Let’s see how to handle the major issues easily and without any essential investments.
Artificial Light for Winter Plants – How to Set Correctly
In cold seasons, daylight is very short; that’s why the winter flowering plants and shrubs need additional lighting. In this case, LED-lamps bailout. How to use them for the winter plants’ goodness?
- You can attach lamps to the window frames.
- Besides, it’s possible to install the side mirrors that will reflect the light from the lamps that have been installed on the windowsills and small spaces. Such lighting allows planting even tangerines in winter.
- You can also install lamps on the flower racks.
It’s also possible to use special ultra-red mercury low-pressure fluorescent lamps to provide your winter plants with the required amount of light within the necessary parts of the spectrum.
Some indoor flowers don’t care about frost and snow and feel completely comfortable in winter. To ensure good flowering regardless of the climate or weather, bear in mind hibiscus peace lilies, or African violets.
Right Air Humidity for Winter Plants
Winter plants tend to lose their leaves if it’s very dry and hot in the room. Besides, they might have problems because of the extremely high humidity. How to protect potted plants in winter from areas of rot and other diseases?
To enhance air humidity, it’s important to spray flowers and leaves with water in the morning, shower them in the bathroom, and relocate pots to terraces, kitchens, and other rooms with higher humidity. However, the action you take should depend on the sort of winter plants. Consider the following list of greenery that is insensitive to these conditions:
The easiest way to monitor the level of humidity in the room is to install a hydrometer and use humidifiers to create microclimate most suitable for winter plants.
Winter Plants for Gardens – What to Choose, How to Care
Where does caring for winter plants for the garden started? Remove the leaf litter, dry wood, and shoots until the first snowfall. We also recommend to stop tilling, watering, and nutrition. Prepare special organic materials made of pine needle or bark to cover plants. You can periodically compress snow around the roots of flowering winter plants to protect them from rodents.
The winter protection for plants that decorate your garden growing in the pots is to let them winter peacefully in the house. If there is no room for their storage, it’s possible to coat pots with soil partly, to surround them with Styrofoam, and to add a little snow on top. You should check this protective structure each time after a snowfall or any other severe weather.
Note that some winter plants love cold season. Low air and ground temperatures are the best conditions for the germination of some flowers. That’s why you can boldly sow poppy, marigold, or lavender even in the low temperatures.
Tom Rose is an experienced decorator, and he considers greenery to be an integral part of modern design. In this post, he shares useful recommendations for keeping winter plants safe from cold, snow, darkness, and dryness with the help of best garden tools. His tips are simple and easy to put them into practice.