Overwintering Ananassalbei - How to hibernate in the house and in the field

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Pineapple sage is very sturdy, but needs a little support in winter in the house and in the field to get through the cold season.

Hibernate pineapple sage

In the summer, the pineapple sage in the herb garden gets talked about. The plant grows lush, shows pretty, showy flowers and smells wonderfully of pineapple. There is nothing against cultivating in the field, as long as the temperatures allow it, because the plants originating from Central America are not winter hardy. Therefore, the pineapple sage must not be forgotten when the temperatures drop. Here's how to help the spice plants through the winter.

Preparing pineapple sage for wintering

In the field, the plants find ideal conditions, which is why they do not have to restrict their growth. The plants are quite robust and well adapted to our climate. Cool and rather wet summers do not bother the plants. It only becomes problematic when the thermometer begins to fall in autumn and approaches freezing. Then you have to make the pineapple sage fit for the winter quarters. This is best done as follows:

  1. Take the plant out of the ground.
  2. Then put the pineapple sage in a suitable planter.
  3. Pour the plant.
  4. Place the planter in the winter quarters.

Hibernate pineapple sage as a container plant

Pineapple sage is preferably cultivated in the tub, because the plant can spend the summer on the balcony, terrace or even in the bed. You remain flexible and can always ensure optimum site conditions. For example, by protecting the plant from excessive sunlight or from strong wind and rain. Before the winter also eliminates the planting and transplanting. The planter you simply have to get into the house on cold nights.

What does the ideal winter quarter look like?

Since the pineapple sage does not drop its leaves, it should be offered a bright winter quarters. The ambient temperature can be quite a margin. The plants can be wintered at temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees. A location in the stairwell or conservatory is just as suitable as a winter quarters in the bedroom or in another, little heated room.

How should the plants be maintained in winter quarters?

Pineapple sage requires little care in winter quarters. Casting is far more economical than in summer. However, it must not come to dehydration of root ball. Fertilizers do not receive the plants during the winter season. The plants can largely be left to their own devices. You should not change them during the winter season.

Outdoor hibernation overcast - is that okay?

The question can not be answered flat-rate. The mild winters of recent years, however, give reason for hope. Of course it also plays a role, whether the plants are planted in a bed in the Rhine Valley, on the island of Sylt or in the Allgäu. In general, hibernation outdoors involves a risk, which is why you must expect to lose your plants.

How can the plants be protected outdoors?

Plants that are to be overwintered outdoors, you must first cut back completely. This concerns the plant in the field as well as the pineapple sage in the bucket. You must protect the root ball well from frost. This works best when you wrap it thickly with leaves, brushwood or straw. This cover should remain on the plant throughout the winter. As even late frosts can endanger the Pineapple sage, you should remove the winter protection only in mid-May, after the Eisheiligen.

For the container plant break in winter critical times. You should therefore avoid hibernation outdoors if possible. If it does not go any different, you must first search for a sheltered location, if possible near a wall or house wall. The planter should not stand directly on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the planter completely freezes. Then the root would be affected and the plant could not be saved. The following measures offer the best possible protection:

  • Place planter on a wooden block or a thick polystyrene section.
  • Cut back the plant completely.
  • Cover root bales with leaves and straw.
  • Cover brushwood over it.
  • Wrap the whole planter tightly with the garden fleece.

What happens to the plants after the winter?

The winter quarters should leave the plants only when no more frosts are expected. In mid-May, it is time to remove the cover and control the plants. With luck, the pineapple sage has already expelled. This speaks for a successful wintering. The plants should now slowly get used to the new location and not immediately place in the full sun.However, as the plants generally appear quite robust, they will usually get used to the new conditions without problems and drive out vigorously with the first warm sun rays. Now you have to water again more often. From now on, you can also give back the first fertilizer. Reading tip: cultivating pineapple sage - so pour, fertilize and cut it properly.

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