How To Prepare Your Containers Plants For The Cold Season?
Your containers plants will begin to become dormant as the winter season approaches. As the cold season approaches, there are some things you can do to help plants survive and possibly thrive until the next growing season. Let’s dig deeper.
Cover Up The Containers Plants
You have the option of covering the containers plants, just like in-ground gardening. Depending on the thickness of the cover, this protects the plants from a few degrees of frost. The cover is composed of woven fabric, and the thicker it is, the colder the plants can withstand. Simply ensure that the cover does not come into contact with the plants, as this will cause the region of the plant to freeze. You can use a frame to surround your plant and then reset the cover on that frame.
Move Your Containers Plants Indoors
Covers won’t be able to help your plants if the temperature goes below a particular point. However, you can assist them in surviving by bringing them indoors. You can move your containers if they are light, but you may need some assistance. A simple approach to transfer containers is to place them in a trolley and move them around that way. Even if you can’t transfer the containers into a warm location of your house, a garage or shed will suffice. If your plants are mature enough, they can even thrive in these conditions without light. However, without light and heat, it is impossible to grow plants from seeds. When the growing season begins, you can reintroduce the pots to the outdoors, where the plants will thrive once more.
Take Care Of Your Containers
Leaving your containers plants outside with the soil still in them is the easiest thing you can do with them over the winter. The bacteria will eat away at the roots and loosen the soil, allowing you to remove it in the spring. The difficulty with this is that the freezing and thawing that occurs may cause harm to your containers. Instead of terracotta pots, you might use plastic, fiberglass, or wood containers to avoid this problem.
The alternative option is to empty the pots of dirt and place them in a rubbish bag. Then, for the growing season, wash the containers plants with soap and water and put them in your garage. It’s even possible to leave the soil in the containers until the growing season. Then dig it up, remove any roots, and fertilize and compost it in preparation for the growing season.
Reuse The Soil
Once the winter season begins, you do not need to dispose of the dirt. You have the option of removing the dirt from the pots and storing it in a rubbish bag, or you can leave the soil in the containers until spring. You may remove the soil and loosen it up once spring arrives. If there were roots in the soil throughout the winter, they would have died away. If there are any clumps of soil, moisten them with water to loosen them up.
During the previous growing season, your soil will have lost some nutrients. The microbes will have depleted part of the compost in order to make nutrients for your plants. As a result, you’ll need to replenish the compost you’ve used. Depending on what is lacking in the soil, you may need to add fertilizer.