How to Keep Outdoor Potted Plants Alive During Winter
Winter is here and it’s getting colder outside. If you have outdoor potted plants, you may be wondering how to keep them alive during this season. But don’t worry, with a bit of effort you can keep your potted plants healthy and happy through winter. Here’s what to do:
1. Choose hardy plants and give them extra protection
Most outdoor potted plants will suffer from winter cold. Therefore, it’s important to choose hardy plants that can survive cool temperatures. Also, give them extra protection from the elements by providing a windbreak, a blanket of leaves or straw, or by placing stones around the pot.
2. Water your plants regularly
In winter you should water your outdoor potted plants every 1-2 weeks, depending on the weather. Make sure the soil is moist but not wet. You can also use a watering can to give plants an extra drink, and mulch can help to retain moisture.
3. Feed your plants
Plants need to be fed during the growing season, but they also need some extra nutrition during winter. Look for a balanced and slow-release fertilizer that will provide your plants with essential nutrients.
4. Move your plants to shelter
If the weather is particularly cold and your plants won’t survive outdoors, consider bringing them inside to a sheltered spot. You should also prune dead or dying leaves to reduce the amount of water your plants need.
5. Monitor for pests
Pests can attack outdoor potted plants during winter, especially if the soil is damp and warm. Monitor for pests and disease, such as aphids, and take steps to remove them.
With these simple steps, you can help ensure your outdoor potted plants survive the winter season:
- Choose hardy plants and provide them extra protection
- Water your plants regularly
- Feed your plants
- Move your plants to shelter if necessary
- Monitor for pests
If you follow these steps, your outdoor potted plants should make it through the cold winter months in good health.