Protecting Garden Pots During Winter
Tender plants will die if their roots are locked in cold, wet soil in winter, but you can protect them during fall.
- Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
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Bring Tender Plants Inside
Bring plants that need a frost-free minimum winter temperature into a mildly heated greenhouse or conservatory, or cool room in your home, before bad weather sets in. Water occasionally.
Wrap Up Delicate Pots
Many pots, especially ornamental containers that aren’t designed to stand outside in freezing temperatures, need winter protection. Wrap them up in burlap (possibly double layers), and secure tightly at the top and bottom with strong garden string.
Keep Tender Plants Warm
Wrap potted plants that need protection in low temperatures in layers of horticultural fleece before freezing weather strikes. Move the pot to a sheltered spot, such as a shed, away from flaying winds. Remove the fleece when the weather improves.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios
©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007
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