Gardening in extreme weather conditions is possible only if you are aware of gardening tips and tricks. Some plants die in cold weather, while some thrive very well. There are some other plants which need special care during the cold winter months so that they can thrive.
Plants in general have a genetic ability to adapt to cold weather and do not die in case of harsh climates. It is just that they slow down their growth rate or stop flowering in the cold weather. But there are some winter gardening tips you must keep in mind while taking care of your flowering plants.
Winter Gardening Tips
Certain flowering plants such as plum or camellias wither and die in hard winter conditions. This is more imminent when the buds are swollen and the plants are about to bloom. The damage also remains hidden until the flower bloom and show damage spots on their petals. Sometimes, the buds freeze entirely and drop off. To avoid such circumstances, here are some winter gardening tips that can be useful.
- You should cover plants that have swollen buds or open flowers with a old sheet or a frost cover. Do not use plastic as it creates heat inside when the sun shines.
- You should cut the buds before they might freeze to death. Bring the buds indoors and let them bloom inside your house. If you anticipate a cold spell but your plants have not shown any buds yet, then there is no reason to worry.
- Do not stop planting plants thinking that it is winters. As long as you can dig a hole in the ground easily, you can keep planting.
- Adding mulch to the soil will help to keep the root temperature stable.
- Adding compost to the soil helps to provide the plants with organic nutrients.
- It is always better to water your plants before a freeze is predicted as this helps potted plants and annual plants to soak up moisture and stay hydrated.
- You should also give some extra protection to your container plants by using a frost cloth or a heat retaining blanket. You can even move some plants closer to your house or where there is some warmth.
- You should add insecticidal soap and water solutions to your plants to kill hitchhiking critters. Also, place your plants in such a way that they receive indirect light for a few hours a day.
- Winter is a time when the garden plants go dormant. You should not fertilize them at this point as it will interrupt their rejuvenating period and it will also kill tender new growth.
- Alter your regular watering cycle as in winters, you need to only water your plants once a week.
- There is no need to worry about bulb foliage in cold winters because the leaves of spring-flowering bullous plants thrive cold temperatures easily.
These are some of our most important winter gardening tips that you must keep in mind.