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Hibernate plants – tips on how to get your plants through the winter

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As a plant lover, you probably already know that it is slowly time to bring your indoor plants, which were outside and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine, back in for the winter. We have put together some tips for you on how to properly use your Hibernate plants and to make the transition from outside to winter quarters as gentle as possible.

Hibernate plants – survive the cold season

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Sudden changes in climate and temperature can shock your green friends. It may feel like you come back from a tropical vacation with snow on your doorstep. In contrast to us, plants cannot take a warm bath or turn the heating on.

When do plants hibernate?

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Do not wait too long and take the plants inside when the temperatures drop below 15 ℃, at the very latest when the temperatures drop below 7 ℃. If possible, try gradually making the transition to indoor use possible by putting your potted plants in a shady spot for a few weeks before moving them in for the winter.

Hibernate plants – find suitable winter quarters

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Decide in advance where you will place your plants for the cold season so that you can survive the cold season undamaged. Try to adapt the new conditions to those outdoors.

Adapt conditions in winter quarters to those outdoors

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For example, place plants that have been in the bright sunlight on the south window sill, as the light behind a pane of glass is less intense than outside. If that is not possible, move the plants to areas with less and less light for a few days.

Plants need cool and bright rooms

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Winter gardens, bright basement rooms, storage rooms, attics, stairwells or garages are ideal areas for overwintering plants. For most plants, a cool room with temperatures between 5 ℃ and 10 ℃ is ideal. If it is too warm, the metabolism is stimulated, but at the same time slowed down by the lack of light. Your plants sprout and the result is long, thin shoots with small leaves.

Hibernate plants – repot if necessary 

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Check if the plants need to be repotted and if so, use pots with drainage holes and new suitable potting soil.

Watch for signs of pests and diseases

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Before you move your plants to their winter quarters, carefully check them all for the first signs of pests and diseases, otherwise they will spread quickly. Examine the hiding places for woolly and scale insects, namely the twigs and undersides of the leaves. Regularly remove the fallen leaves and dead plant parts to protect your plants from fungal diseases. Immerse the pot in a vessel of lukewarm water for 15 minutes to force the pests up to get air. Then drain the pot thoroughly. If you want to be sure that you won’t let any unexpected guests in, you can quarantine the affected specimens separately in a room for a few days.

Do not water the plants excessively

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During the winter, it is watered regularly but sparingly, usually one or two glasses once a week is enough. Before watering, check whether the soil is dry, otherwise there is a risk that the roots will rot. If one of your plants should shed leaves in the next few weeks, the reason is the reduced light supply or too high a temperature and lack of water.

Hibernate plants outside

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Those plants that overwinter in your garden directly in pots must be completely wrapped with insulating materials. The vessels are wrapped in reed mats, fleece, jute or bubble wrap to make them winterproof. In this way, the root balls are protected from frost damage.

Do not place plant pots directly on the ground

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It is best to place the saucers and boxes on a styrofoam plate or on a cardboard box. The stayers outside are also well packed and protected from the cold for the long winter.

Cut plants before overwintering

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Before moving from the garden to the wintering quarters, you can cut back potted plants that have grown too large and thus promote the growth of the plant. A radical pruning is always carried out with the growth phase in spring.

Put plants out of their winter quarters in spring

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Your effort has definitely paid off, the splendor of flowers will soon beautify your garden again.