As plant lover you know already determined that it is about time your houseplants that were out until now and have enjoyed the fresh air and the sunshine, reinzubringen again for the winter. We have some tips for you on how to correct your overwinter plants and to make the transition from outdoors to winter quarters as gently as possible.
Plants overwinter – the cold season
Sudden changes in climate and temperature can shock your green friends. This may feel like you are coming back from a tropical vacation and snowing in front of your door. In contrast to us, plants can not take a warm bath or turn the heating full.
From when plants overwinter
Do not wait too long and take the plants inside when the temperatures fall below 15 ℃, the latest when the temperatures drop below 7 ℃. If it is possible, try gradually to allow the transition to the interior by placing your tub plants in a shady place for a few weeks before you take them in for the winter.
Plant winters – find suitable winter quarters
Decide in advance where you plan to plant your plants for the cold season so that you can survive undamaged the cold season. Try to adapt the new conditions to those outdoors.
Conditions in the winter quarter to adapt to the appropriate outdoors
For example, place plants that were in the bright sunlight on the south-west bank, since the light behind a glass pane is less intense than under the open sky. If this is not possible, adjust the plants for a few days to areas with less and less light.
Plants need cool and bright rooms
Ideal accommodations for planting winter are winter gardens, bright cellar rooms, storerooms, attics, staircases or garages. For most plants, cool premises with temperatures between 5 ℃ and 10 ℃ are ideal. If it is too warm, the metabolism is boosted but at the same time braked by the lack of light. Their plants drift out and the result are long, thin shoots with small leaves.
Plants overwinter – repot, if necessary
Check if the plants need to be repotted and if so, take pots with drainage holes and new suitable soil.
Look for signs of pests and diseases
Before you take your plants to the winter quarters, carefully inspect them for the first signs of pests and diseases, otherwise they will spread quickly. Investigate the hiding places for woolly and scary lice, namely the branches and the leaf bottoms. Regularly remove the fallen leaves and the dead parts of the plant to protect your plants from fungal diseases. Immerse the pot in a container of lukewarm water for 15 minutes to force the pests upwards to get air. Then let the pot drain thoroughly. If you want to be sure that you will not allow any unexpected guests to enter, you can quarantine the affected copies separately in a room for several days.
Do not pour the plants excessively
During the hibernation, it is generally watered regularly but sparingly, as a rule, one or two glasses are sufficient once a week. Before casting, check that the soil is already dry, otherwise there is a risk that the roots rot. If one of your plants throws leaves in the next few weeks, the reason is the reduced light supply or a too high temperature and the water deficiency.
Plants outside overwinter
Those plants which are directly in the pot in your garden must be completely packed with insulating materials. The containers are wrapped in reed mats, nonwoven, jute or burling foil and made winter-proof. In this way the root balls are protected by frost damage.
Do not place planting heads directly on the ground
Place the underpacks and boxes on a polystyrene board or on a cardboard box. Well packaged are also protected the outdoors for the long winter from the cold.
Cut plants before wintering
Even before the move from the garden to the wintering quarters, one can cut back too large potted plants and thus promote the growth of the plant. A radical dissection will always take place with the growth phase in the spring.
Plants in the spring from the winter quarters
Your effort has definitely paid off, the blossom will soon beautify your garden again.
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