Winter Gardening: How To Protect and Prepare Plants
The cold weather is approaching and that means there is still work to do in the garden; you didn’t think you could hang up your gloves and tools, did you? Maintenance for your indoor and outdoor plants is critical for their wellbeing and to set you up for success next year.
Keep reading for tips on how to protect your indoor plants during the winter months and ways to help your outdoor garden continue to thrive in the cooler weather.
5 Winter Indoor Gardening Tips
Even if it’s cold outside, you can still surround yourself with plants. Here are five things you can do to improve the health of your indoor plants.
- Keep Temperatures Up
- Keep Them Clean
- Dip Their Roots and Get Out
- Give Them a Little Extra Sunshine
- The Right Food
4 Winter Outdoor Gardening Tips
Not only is the hard, cold ground damaging to your outdoor garden, other elements of winter can wreak havoc on your yard. Here are four tips from Savvy Gardening for working on your plants during the cold and frozen months.
- Protect Your Plants
- Build a Compost Bin
- Get Rid of Dead Trees
- Prepare for a New Garden
Protecting Your Winter Garden
One of the most important thing you can do in your garden during the cooler months is to go into protect mode. Your fruit trees can become susceptible to peach leaf curl, blight and other damaging diseases. And your delicate outdoor plants, such as hibiscus, azaleas, gardenias and bougainvillea, can perish during a hard frost.
Our recommendations for protecting your fruit trees: Once your fruit trees fall dormant (leafless), you will want to spray 3 separate times during the season, a minimum of 30 days apart.
- Spray 1 - Mid to Late November
- Spray 2 - New Year's Day
- Spray 3 - Valentine's Day
When spraying, follow these helpful tips:
- Apply Copper Fungicide a minimum of 24 hours before oil treatment or up to two weeks after
- Choose a day without wind
- Use it early in the day, 24 hours or more before expected rain
- Sprays should be reapplied after significant rains
- The last spray should be early February, around the Super Bowl!
- ALWAYS do it before bud break - NEVER after (Bud-break usually occurs mid-Feb. when temperatures begin to warm)
Recommendations for protecting your delicate plants during cooler temps and potential frosts:
Thankfully in this day and age, we hear about potential frost warnings in our areas before it's too late. There are even apps, such as ColdSnap, that can alert us in advance. The importance then falls on the types of products we keep on hand to protect during the cooler temps. For the greatest protection against frost, we recommend that you use a combination of Wilt-Stop and a frost protection blanket or bag. Be sure to pay special attention to your sub-tropical plants such as hibiscus, canna, bougainvillea and some varieties of jasmine. They are the most susceptible to damage if not protected. And at a minimum, you should water all of your plants when a potential frost is expected. A well hydrated plant is less likely to suffer from cold damage.
Gardeneer Harvest Guard Plant Protection Bag - A cold either protective cover for shrubs and potted plants. It helps to protect shrubs and smaller trees from cold weather and prevents against frost, snow and ice from damaging or overloading branches.
Easy Gardener Plant Protecting Blanket - This medium weight fabric provides 6 to 8 degrees of frost protection. Bonide Wilt Stop - An anti-transparent plant protector. It reduces moisture loss when plants are under stress. It also prevents winter kill, wind burn, sunscald, salt damage and drying out, and helps reduce transplant shock.
If you have questions about these products or additional measures you can take to protect your garden during cooler months, stop by your local SummerWinds Nursery to speak with one of our Trusted Garden Advisors! At SummerWinds, We Guarantee Success!
Gardening Through the Winter Just because the sun in gone, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t work to be done in the winter. Use our tips to keep your indoor plants healthy and to keep your outdoor gardens in good shape as well. Visit your local SummerWinds Nursery for professional tips and advice from our expert gardeners.
About SummerWinds Nursery: SummerWinds Garden Centers is a leading high-end retailer of garden and nursery products. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, SummerWinds operates retail nurseries in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, and in Silicon Valley, California, making it one of the largest independent retail nursery companies in the west. SummerWinds appeals to both the serious and casual gardeners, with a broad selection of premium gardening products and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. www.summerwindsnursery.com