Plant protection in autumn & winter

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Plant protection in autumn & winter: protection

For potted plants, this seems to be no problem right off the bat because you can put them into the house or put them in a winter garden. However, there are some key aspects to consider when hibernating indoors, as doing so could do more harm than good to the plants.

What should be considered when hibernating in the house

With the exception of a few exotics, most plants are naturally set for autumn and winter with their reduced daylight and lower temperatures. As a result, some plants can be harmed if housed in artificially lit and heavily heated living spaces. Consequently, a location in the immediate vicinity of a radiator for some plant species would be downright fatal. Experience has shown that some species survive winter best when stored in cool basements where light falls barely.
In addition, it is important to remember that during autumn and winter, plants generally have lower nutrient and water requirements, so excessive overgrowing and over-fertilization should be avoided as much as possible. Of course, there are also plants that love the heat and in autumn and winter have an increased need for nutrients.
Therefore, one should deal more closely with it at an early stage, which location and which casting behavior are ideal for which plants and which plants also need to be fertilized. Also, you should know when is the best time to take the respective plants in the house or in the conservatory, especially since some species easily survive the first light frost, whereas other species could already damage cool evenings and nights.
If it is already cooler in the open air than in the house or winter garden, it is also recommended that the plants are first carefully accustomed to the warmer temperatures, otherwise they could be too shocked.
It may also be advisable to repot the plants or put them in water for some time so that their entire pot is covered, otherwise there is a risk that you bring unwanted animals into the house.

Thus, sensitive plants survive cold winters outdoors

Tall plants that can not be taken indoors or in the conservatory are best protected when wrapped in a warming material that reduces the effects of rain, fog and dew. At the latest with water- and airtight materials, however, it is imperative to ensure that no condensation forms and they are not wrapped too tightly around the plants.
Examples of suitable materials:
  • special garden slides and garden tiles
  • simple bubble wrap
  • Pipe or reed mats
  • straw
  • Fir and spruce branches
Low plants can be protected from excessive moisture and cold by using tunnels or "miniature greenhouses" made from these films, tiles or mats. The root system and the bulbs of recurring plants can be protected again by covering their beds with the aforementioned materials or with a so-called mulching layer.
Some materials suitable for mulching:
  • leaves
  • Spruce and pine needles
  • lopping
  • straw
  • brushwood
  • bark
Of course, you can / should protect trees and bushes by the mulching from wet and cold "feet". In general, however, care must be taken to ensure that plants and their roots or onions are not completely covered in water and airtight, as otherwise they could be absorbed.


There are plant species that are hardy per se, but still need extra protection at least in the first years or in particularly harsh winters.

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