So, plants survive frosty days in March


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When the winter returns in March / April, gardeners are worried about their plants in many places, as most of them have already started to quit - and now he is about to freeze to death. That's why we wanted to hear from our Facebook community how to protect their plants from the onset of winter in such a case. The reaction of our community to the survey shows that many of our readers, such as Karo Karola K., have not yet cleared away winter protection for their plants. Irmgard K. continues to rely on brushwood and coconut mats. Fir branches or a warming garden fleece also recommends Hermine H.
After getting a taste of spring at the beginning of March, the temperatures have now dropped back to the basement, just in time for the astronomical start of spring. Even if we want significantly warmer temperatures at the beginning of spring - frosty winter days are not uncommon in March. However, the frost causes much more damage if it occurs again in April, as in the previous year 2017. At this time, for example, hydrangeas have already expelled and many fruit trees are already in full bloom.

Plants for which late frosty days are no problem

For most bulb flowers, such as crocuses, daffodils or tulips that are already starting to bloom in March or expire, the low temperatures are no problem - they are naturally used to it. Horny violets, which have spent the whole winter in the bucket on the balcony or the terrace, take a portion of frost or snow also not bad. Even the robust pansies are in contrast to many other balcony flowering plants, the one or other cold late frost night away well.

pansy

Pansies (Viola) are offered in numerous varieties and colors. The popular flower faces are not sensitive to frost and look nice as a splash of color in the cold season

Snow in march

Basically, snow is a good protection against heavy frosts, as it has an insulating effect. However, a thick layer of snow or wet or icy snow can easily lead to breakage of hardy potted plants outdoors. That's why our reader Claudia L. is also worried. Shake the snow from the branches rather quickly, before it becomes too heavy for the plants due to the daytime rising temperatures.

Preferred plants are sensitive to cold

It is dangerous on frosty days for early plants from the greenhouse, which there are already in March in many garden centers to buy. Bellis or even flowering hydrangeas are gladly taken with the purchase and stand then on the balcony or the terrace. In nocturnal temperatures, they get a cold shock in the open air. If, on the fly, no frost-proof district is available, the plants are usually beyond saving.

Protecting fresh shoots

For buds or fresh shoots, the sun, which in March has quite its strength, in combination with frosty temperatures quickly becomes a problem. Here it is advisable to shade plants that are exposed to strong sunlight. For fruit trees that are in the bucket on the balcony or terrace, you should definitely winterizing materials such as coconut mats or a garden fleece ready to protect the young drift from the night frosts. The fresh sprouting of ornamental grasses is also grateful for a protection with pine bark.

Attach fleece hood

Fleece hoods, such as those available for rose high-stemlets, offer optimum protection against frost and can be quickly re-attached if necessary

Empty bucket plants step by step

Then, when the first really warm spring days come, the potted and tub plants wintered in the house or in the garage should be carefully acclimated to the cooler temperatures and the brighter lighting conditions outdoors. If necessary, the plants are cut back a little at first and on this occasion they remove sick and withered parts. Treat plants that have grown too large to a new container and fresh soil. As soon as no severe night frost threatens, the potted plants pull for the first two weeks in a partially shady, wind and rain protected place. Even wholly-owned sun worshipers can not tolerate direct irradiation in the first few days. Citrus plants are warmth-loving and in frosty days in March in the unheated conservatory or frost-proof greenhouse best kept. Even Julia T. has her citrus plants as a precaution, still standing inside.
Tip: Small pots are best grouped when clearing in a box. So they are quickly covered in late frost or transported back to the warm.

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