I am thrilled to say that this article (or a variation of it) is being read by people throughout the country. Seasons may have already changed for some, so keep these tips in mind for next season.
I have done articles on preparing your home for the winter. We should include preparing your plants too. I am covering a few of the basics. Add some online research and it will apply to most plants.
You may think it’s as simple as bringing them in for the winter, but there is more to it. As you prepare to bring them in, some plants may be outgrowing their pots. This is the time to transplant them to a larger pot.
While you’re transplanting them, add some fresh potting soil (mixed with the older soil). Add some plant food and/or fertilizer to help them through the adjustment from natural sunlight to indoor lighting.
Although plants may look good placed throughout the house, keep in mind some need to be placed near a window for natural lighting. Don’t forget that if you put your plants near heaters and/or radiators, it may dry them out.
Planted plants (in the garden):
When transferring plants from your garden to pots, to bring them in for the winter, the process is basically the same as repotting.
There is an important difference. When repotting, you’re transferring all the roots from one pot to another. When moving a plant from the garden you may cut some of the roots. As a rule of thumb you should dig up the plant in a radius of three inches from the plant for smaller plants, medium plants it is safe to go with five to seven inches, and eight to ten inches for larger plants, on average.
Some plants you will leave outdoors year round. Some need to be covered while others need to be pruned. It is best to research the types of plants in your garden and cross reference them with the seasonal changes in your area.
This is a basic guideline. Each plant may require specific needs. It is best to know what type of plants you have and check the care recommendations for each plant. Do a quick Google search to find the proper care instructions for your specific plant.
By Artie Wallace
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