Hibernate medlar in the bucket - this is how it makes it through the winter

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Bright medlars outdoors are hardy and need no protection against the cold. Glossy medlars in the tub, on the other hand, need some protection in order to survive the cold season well.

Bright medlars in the tub need protection in winter

While the gloss medlar in the soil can survive even harsh winters with temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius, it can be damaged as a pot or potted plant. Similarly, young plants need their own protection so as not to enter in winter. So if the cold season approaches, then take care of a suitable winter protection. Only in this way can you enjoy a magnificently flowering loquat next year.

The dangers in the winter

Potted plants can not rely on a deep root system that is available to outdoor plants. Of course, this also applies to the loquat, if you pull it in a pot or bucket. The soil dries relatively quickly during a prolonged dry period. If the sun is shining, evergreen plants suffer especially. The solar heat evaporates the water in the leaves, which can not be replaced due to the dry soil. The result: frost damage. Therefore, it is particularly important that you protect your loquat as a container plant in winter.

This is how the overwintering succeeds

In an older glossy medlar, which has been in the pot for several years, you must first pay attention to sufficient moisture. In winter, water the plant as soon as the top layer of the soil has dried. It is important that you only water on frost-free days and make sure that excess water can drain off. The soil in the bucket often freezes completely even at temperatures just below 0 degrees Celsius. Casting is no longer possible in this case.

So that the bucket does not freeze, you can provide additional protection in early winter:

➜ Put a layer of Styrofoam under the bucket. Alternatively, it helps to put the bucket on two wooden blocks.

➜ Wrap the bucket with fleece. Additionally you can use bubble wrap. Through the layers, the warm air remains in the vicinity of the bucket and does not escape.

➜ Add straw or hay to the gap. You can also protect the root area with straw, leaves or even hay.

➜ Quite a few stones on the root ball, so that the protection in wind is not worn away.

Older plants do not necessarily need their own protection to protect the foliage. This, however, is the case with young plants. These should also protect you in the upper area with fleece. With older plants you can go this way, if you are not home for a few days and can not ensure the casting. Through the fleece, the winter sun does not penetrate the leaves, so that the moisture can not escape.


Always remove the blade guard when the night temperatures are not in the minus range. The loquat needs light and air to survive the winter.

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