But your plants, inside or outside, how will they spend the winter? Here are some tips for knowing what maintenance to do for your garden in winter.
Garden maintenance in winter outdoors
Maintain its perennials
They resist well in the winter unless the gel persists more than 10 days in a row, day and night but it is quite rare. The best-known perennials are the perennial geraniums. Some of which have beautiful red foliage at the moment, the hellebores whose flower buds are beginning to point their nose. The roses in the ground or in pots, the wallflowers, the perennial fuschias, the bellflowers, which are still in bloom. For all these, no special care except to clean them by removing leaves and dead branches and wait until spring to see them wake up.
Nevertheless, during the winter, the plants need water because the cold is dry, and the plants can be thirsty. When the soil appears dry, water it moderately, always in the middle of the day and only if the soil is not frozen. Watch the soil moisture carefully especially if the wind is blowing. Which is becoming more common.
Maintenance of annual plants in winter
They have thrilled you all summer but they will not survive the freeze. Either you throw them away (in compost or in the dump) or you go back to the shelter but under certain conditions. Indeed, plants need a period of dormancy, that is to say, a period of the slowdown of vegetation that will allow them to start again in the spring. If you return them in your stay heated to 20 °. They will continue to believe that it is the beautiful season and produce leaves and flowers which will exhaust them.
The best is, therefore, to store them in an area sheltered from the cold, with a little light and quietly wait for the warming of the outside temperatures. Watch that they do not dry up too much, but sprinkle them sparingly. If someone around you has a shed, a shed or if you have an unheated room and not too dark, or even a veranda, this is the place.
If you do not have a storage place or if your plants are not transportable because they are too bulky. You can protect them with a wintering veil that you will find in a garden center. You surround them generously by leaving small access to the pot to water them from time to time but less often than the plants that stay in the open air.
WARNING: NEVER ENTER A PLANT INDOORS IF THE COLD IS ALREADY INSTALLED BECAUSE IT WOULD HEAT SHOCK AND DIE WITHIN 3 DAYS. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET RETURNED YOUR FROST PLANTS MAKE THE CHOICE TO COVER THEM WITH A WINTERING VEIL.
If you have planted spring bulbs, you will have permanent animation on your windowsills and balconies. Between the bellflowers that will bloom until mid-December, the thoughts that will last until the end of January and the crocuses that will take over in February. You will only stay for a few days without flowers. In the spring, the plants that you have preserved during the winter will wake up and bloom again all summer long.
Maintenance of indoor plants in winter
Indoor plants are easier to manage. It is important to take care of the change of atmosphere when the heating works. Indeed, the air in our apartments is quite dry. Plants are thirsty and often die when heating homes, simply because we forget to water them.
It is recommended in winter to ” water ” green plants. This involves spraying water at room temperature on the foliage using a sprayer. This prevents dust from accumulating on the leaves and hydrates the plants. If the leaves are very dusty, you can clean them with a small make-up sponge that you soak in the water, always at room temperature. If your focus is 1m80, it will take a little time. You can also put the plants in your shower and spray them with the shower head in very fine rain. So you can basinet your plants 2 to 3 times in the winter.
It is also necessary, but not only in winter, to cut branches or dead or yellow leaves systematically. If you keep them it’s wasted sap. When a plant has run out of the water, in a few days the leaves will turn yellow then brown. It is important to cut them. Many hesitate to do this operation because it plucked a little plant. Yet we must do it. The plucked side will be temporary and it will allow the plant to make new leaves. It is also normal for leaves to turn yellow or fall. A plant is a living organism, leaves die others are born.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PLANTS IN WINTER, THEY WILL GIVE YOU BACK IN THE SPRING!