So our community is preparing their potted plants for the winter season

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Many exotic potted plants are evergreen, so they also wear their leaves in winter. With the advent of autumn and the colder temperatures, it is time again to bring plants such as oleander, laurel and fuchsia to their winter quarters. Our Facebook community is also preparing its potted plants for the winter season.

The perfect winter accommodation for evergreen plants

Evergreen species should not be too dark during their hibernation - winter gardens would be ideal. But you can also put the flowers in an unheated room, the hallway or the cool staircase. Make sure, however, that the windows provide enough light. For this you should clean the windows thoroughly and regularly wipe off the condensation on the window. Also, avoid curtains or stores that trap the precious light.
Gabriela A. always lets your potted plants overwinter with the gardener you trust. So she knows that someone cares professionally about the plants.

The right temperatures

Our Facebook community is aware of the importance of temperatures during successful wintering. While Anja H.'s temples have to be brought indoors at less than ten degrees Celsius, Antje R.'s lilies tolerate temperatures down to minus five degrees Celsius. Ideal for most species are temperatures of five to ten degrees Celsius, so that the plants shut down their metabolism. Avoid too high temperatures, because the lack of light and too warm temperatures creates an imbalance and can lead to a so-called displacement in the plants. If you do not have a conservatory, you can place your potted plants in bright, unheated basements or in the garage. Ensure, however, that the thermometer does not drop below the zero degree limit. Plants such as myrtle, spice bark and cylinder cleaner even manage with cool temperatures of zero to five degrees Celsius. For them, the cooler the wintering temperature, the darker the room can be. At a constant hibernation temperature of just over zero degrees Celsius, the species mentioned also do without light.

Move large potted plants with a sack truck

Potted plants survive the winter season best in conservatories, unheated basements or in the hallway. Avoid too high temperatures

Wintering tips for fuchsia, oleander, olive tree and plumeria


Fuchsias are coveted ornamental plants that must be wintered frost-free. They should stay outdoors for as long as possible, because they are better lignified there. Cut the plant back by about a third before wintering. In bright surroundings, the temperature should be between 5 and 10° C. In the dark at 2 to 5° C. In general, the temperature must not fall below 0° C. In winter, pour only very little, so that the root ball does not dry out completely.


Oleanders are mainly distributed in the Mediterranean area. It's best to spend the winter in a bright environment with temperatures of three to thirteen degrees Celsius. Make sure that the temperatures never drop below minus five degrees Celsius. Before wintering, it is important to cut shaved shoots. In the winter must be moderately poured. Avoid waterlogging!

olive tree

Olive trees like it very bright at two to ten degrees Celsius and never below minus five degrees Celsius. In too warm hibernation he is susceptible to pests. The pruning should be done in autumn or at the end of the hibernation in March. The olive tree must be watered moderately.


Plumeria species survive winter best at 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. However, to avoid damage due to cold, the temperature must not drop below ten degrees Celsius. As Anja H. has already correctly mentioned, one may not water the Plumeria species from November to the beginning / middle of April. Otherwise you risk that they do not bloom in the following summer or even start to rot.

temple tree

Plumeria species grow as deciduous trees or shrubs. During the wintering they must not be watered, otherwise they will not bloom in the following summer

What must be respected

There are some rules that should be followed for successful wintering. During the hibernation it is enough to water once a week. If you notice that a plant throws off a part of the leaves in the coming weeks, the reduced light supply or too high a temperature can be the cause. If their potted plants have brown leaf margins and tips and are often visited by pests, this is an indication of low humidity. At each nursing tour, check your pets for the first signs of pests and diseases.Ideally, you should only clean pest-free plants in winter quarters.

Ants and aphids

Aphids are pests that feed on plant sap. There are proven home remedies such as stinging nettles, which are soaked in water. The water is then sprayed undiluted onto the infested plants.

What to do in case of aphid infestation?

Especially balcony and tub plants, which are brought into the house for the winter, are prone to aphids. Also Facebook Userin Jessica H. has already made acquaintance with the unwanted visitors and inquired about tips.
In order to prevent aphids, several plants should be sufficiently far apart to allow the air to circulate better. The right ventilation is also crucial here. Therefore, be sure to breathe more often.

Whether your plants are affected by aphids, you can tell by the small green or black animals that hunt in colonies on young shoots. They absorb the juice of the plant and damage plant parts. There are several ways to get rid of the aphids. The environmental advisory service of the German Federal Government for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) advises first to strip the aphids with their fingers from the leaves. But there are also proven home remedies for the pests. If the aphids can not be controlled naturally, the pesticide remains.

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