Seasons are changing, rainfall distribution is disrupted, and we’re seeing hotter heat waves, bigger storms surges, and an increase in snowfall during winter months. Scientists are noting the changing weather patterns and how these changes can be linked to global climate change.
So what does this mean for your container gardens, and how can you keep your container gardens healthy through the next few months — however extreme the winter weather? VP of Horticulture Brie Arthur delivers her top three tips on how to winterize container gardens.
1. Group pots together close to your house.
For added insulation, mulch the pots with straw. When days of extended freezing temperatures are predicted, move your container gardens indoors. (If you are growing with Gardenuity, make sure to signup for garden weather alerts from GrowPro!)
2. Wrap the container with a blanket, burlap or even bubble wrap.
Keeping the roots warm is the most important part of winterizing container gardens. The roots and root ball need the protection from the cold more than the actual leaves, so wrap them up! If you have several days of freezing temperatures strung together, cover plants with cloth at night, being careful not to damage the plant tops.
3. Water your container gardens carefully in the winter.
The ideal time to water is during the day when temperatures have warmed above freezing. If the temperatures don’t rise above freezing, wait to water. If you’re experiencing tons of rain, consider tilting the containers to make sure the bottom drainage hole keeps water flowing — you do not want any standing water in your container that could freeze and hurt your plant’s roots.
Growing during the winter can be a little trickier than during the spring, but it’s definitely possible to have thriving plants! If you winterize container gardens according to these three tips, you’ll avoid the worst of the weather and be able to enjoy your harvests all winter long.