How To Protect Your Plant in Winter

Gardeners know this: the cold season is a very delicate time for houseplants. When temperatures drop, more care is needed to strengthen their resistance and help them withstand winter frosts. Remember that your flowering plants each have their own needs. It is therefore necessary to be careful not to make mistakes that could be fatal for them. To help your flowers better survive the winter period, here are some tips to follow and a very effective homemade mixture to protect the soil from freezing.

Useful recommendations to protect your plants in winter

In winter, flowers go into vegetative dormancy: in this period, it is important to know how to carry out the watering process. In the cold season, plants should be watered only when the soil surface is really dry. Remember that the soil must be in the best conditions to ensure good plant growth. It is what nourishes your plants by providing them with the proper nutrients they need, and it is what allows for effective water drainage. To take good care of your houseplants during this time, here are some tips recommended by flower arranging and gardening experts:

  • Don’t use cold water, use room temperature water. This will avoid the temperature shock that can affect your plants.
  • The temperature in the room where you place your potted plants is essential. Make sure that the flowers are not installed near the radiator or a heat source.
  • In December and January, it would be a good idea to place a protective layer over the soil to protect the roots and stem from freezing. This solution applies to potted plants indoors (or on the patio) as well as in the garden or yard.
  • Most houseplants require 70-90% humidity, which is impossible to achieve in an apartment. To fix this, all you need to do is place a humidifier near your plants. Another tip: place the pots in trays filled with clay and water. Be careful, because low humidity can cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off. Also, leaf edges become necrotic, and growth is inhibited.

Useful alternative to replace mulch mixture

Of course, in specialty stores you can always buy special products designed for the care of your plants, in particular, a mixture called “mulch”. This is an organic layer, usually made of sawdust and wood chips, which is often placed on the soil of flowering plants to protect them from winter frost. This mixture can be planted in pots as well as directly on top of the soil in the garden to help preserve the plants. It also allows you to get rid of weeds

Don’t have a mulch mixture on hand? If you do not have time to get it, or if you want to save money, know that it is possible to prepare a similar solution at home. You will need straw, a few leaves, sawdust or finely chopped pieces of wood. The procedure is very simple: mix all these ingredients well in a bowl and then add this protective layer over the soil of your plants. It works very well: the soil is protected from frost until March!

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