Winter, for us, even after we have donned multiple protective layers, can be brutal. Plants do not have the luxury of ‘protective’ layers, and that is the reason that plant care in winters needs to be stressed upon.
The methods that can be applied as a precaution against the winter cold depend largely on the type of plants - winter plants will do just fine in that weather; whereas extra steps must be taken for the others. Steps also differ based on the location of plants - i.e., plants kept indoors, kept outdoors, or kept in pots.
Winter care for indoor plants
For indoor plants, there is a lesser chance of being affected by the temperature as compared to the outdoor plants. Nonetheless, it is wise to take these steps to ensure their safety:
- Move the plants to places in closer proximity to sources of warmth, like near sun-facing windows.
- Artificial heating, like by heaters, is also advisable.
- Keep in mind: If placed near heaters, a higher level of distance should be maintained, to reduce the possibility of the plants drying due to over-heating, or worse, catching on fire.
Winter care for or outdoor plants
Outdoor plants are at a greater risk of getting damaged because of the harsh colds, and these steps can help prevent the damage:
- Bringing the plants inside the warmth that the house provides is the first alternative.
- Creating a shade-like structure with the ability to absorb sunlight and prevent the cold from getting in - like greenhouses.
- ‘Mulching’ - covering the area around the plants with fallen leaves, compost, etc. This layer helps the soil absorb necessary nutrients, and heat.
Winter care for potted plants
For potted plants, the methods applied for indoor and outdoor plants should work.
- They can be covered in soft clothes or old blankets to ward off cold - while covering them, it must be ensured that the cover does not suffocate the plant. The covers must also be removed during the day for adequate exposure to sunlight.
For all plants, regardless of their location, watering is important. Providing sufficient amount of water helps keep the soil moist, and that in turn allows the soil to hold onto more heat.
-Keep in mind: Over-watering should be avoided, for it has disadvantages of its own.
With all these steps taken into consideration and regularly followed, a healthy and considerably warmer winter for all of your plant babies, is guaranteed.