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Tips to Protecting Plan Over Winter

We grow an extensive variety of plants in our patio nurseries – from plants that are completely solid and ready to withstand all way of solidifying chilly winter climate to those that need full ice insurance.

Absolutely solid plants require practically zero winter security, however marginal tough, tropical and sun-cherishing Mediterranean plants may require a little TLC to get them through the winter months unscathed. Indeed, even some alleged “tough” plants can be powerless in colder locales and greenery enclosures presented to solid, cool winds. “Hardy” is with respect to where you are in the nation and how serious and for to what extent the solidifying climate proceeds.

Indeed, even recently planted solid plants can be harmed or murdered in a drawn out cool spell, particularly when there are frosty winds, while new development place on in early spring amid a time of gentle climate is defenseless against sear if the climate turns colder later.

It’s the profundity of the chilly time frame, as well as its length – solidifying conditions that continue for a little while will be more harming than comparable or much more terrible conditions for only two or three days.

Tender Plants

Plants that will not tolerate low or close to freezing temperatures, such as most of our perennial  summer bedding plants, have to be overwintered frost free in a greenhouse or similar, where the temperature doesn’t dip down lower than 4-5°C (40-42°F).

Slightly Tender Border Plants

Most winter damage occurs when the roots become frozen solid for extended periods. You can protect the roots of penstemons, phygelius, ‘hardy’ fuchsias and other slightly tender plants from damaging winter frosts by covering the soil around them with a 7.5-10cm (3-4in) deep layer of mulch.

Also, don’t cut down the old stems until spring, as they can provide some extra frost protection of growth buds lower down on the stems, which may otherwise be killed.

Wrap up Warm

You can protect plants vulnerable to cold and frost with an enclosure made from windbreak netting and/or bubblewrap lined with garden fleece. Not-so-hardy wall shrubs can be insulated from the cold by spreading a sheet of fine-mesh netting over the plants and stuffing it with insulating material, such as straw or even dry leaves.

When using bubblewrap or other plastic coverings, make sure you remove it during warm periods or the plants may ‘sweat’ and start to rot.

Or, for quick and easy protection, cover the plants with a double layer of well secured garden fleece. Wherever possible, don’t allow the fleece to come into direct contact with the foliage, hold it away from the leaves using supporting canes or other structures.

Patio Plants and Pots

Even otherwise hardy plants can be damaged when growing in containers. The roots don’t have the protection from cold and frost provided by the surrounding soil when grown in the ground. You can protect the roots and container from severe weather by wrapping them in bubble wrap, hessian or, better still, home-made ‘duvets’ made from plastic bags filled with shredded newspaper, polystyrene chips, roofing insulation or similar materials and tied securely around the container. If possible, move the containers against a sheltered, south-facing wall or close to a building to provide extra protection. Raise the containers onto pot feet or bricks to avoid them sitting in the wet, which can lead to further root damage and cracking of terracotta pots.