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5 Easiest Plants To Overwinter

If you’re like most gardeners, you probably enjoy watching your plants grow and thrive throughout the warm months. But what do you do when winter arrives, and your plants need to take a break?

Overwintering your garden plants can be a tricky process. It requires careful planning, attention to detail, and some time and effort. Although, if you overwinter your plants properly, you’ll end up with healthier, more beautiful plants come springtime!

Luckily, there are plenty of plants that are easy to overwinter, so you can still enjoy gardening during the colder months. Below are some of the easiest plants to overwinter and some tips on how to keep them thriving all winter long. If you’re looking for some winter gardening inspiration, read on!

Houseplants

Looking for a way to extend your gardening season and protect your plants from the cold, snow, and wind,? Then overwintering is a great option! In fact, it’s one of the simplest things you can do to ensure that your indoor plants thrive. Below are three houseplants that are easy to overwinter.

Boston Ferns

Hanging Boston Fern
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With a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your favorite Boston fern healthy and beautiful all winter long.

First, if your Boston fern is outside it’s time to bring it inside as they can’t stand frost. Start by watering your fern well, dousing the entire plant including the foliage. Wipe the leaves, even the underside, to ensure you’ve removed any and all insects. You don’t want to bring those into your home! Let it dry out completely before continuing.

Next, trim back any dead or diseased leaves. Now choose a bright spot in your home that gets a moderate amount of indirect light. Boston ferns do best in warm, humid conditions, so pick a spot near a window or door that lets enough light in. And be sure to keep them away from radiators or other sources of heat!

Now care for your lovely fern! Water your plant regularly to keep its soil moist but not wet. You may need to adjust the amount of water based on the temperature of your home – if it gets cold, you may need to water less often to prevent the soil from getting too soggy.

Geraniums

Purple geranium flowers
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Overwintering geraniums is an easy and effective way to keep these beautiful plants alive during the winter months. To start, remove all of the dead or dying foliage from your plants. Depending on your indoor space, you will want to prune it back to reduce its size. For overwintering, it’s best to cut your geraniums back to 6 or 8 inches. Also take a look at the roots while trimming what’s necessary like dying bits.

Once you have cleaned up your geraniums, give them a good spray with insecticidal soap. Most pests that infect geraniums are mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies.

Move your plant to a shadier spot outdoors for a week so it can acclimate to new lighting conditions. Then, relocate it to a sunny spot. Once the night temperatures hit 50 degrees Fahrenheit, bring your geranium in.

Finally, water your plants sparingly. Your geranium will need less water once indoors, so be sure to water only when the plant is appearing droopy. It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t fertilize while overwintering.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus
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To keep your hibiscus healthy and thriving throughout the winter, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps.

Hibiscus is a beautiful flowering plant that should be moved indoors well before the first fall frost. But before you bring in your plant, check for any insects on the leaves or in the soil. If you see any whiteflies, treat your hibiscus immediately with an insecticide.

Place your hibiscus plant in a warm location that provides plenty of sunlight. The ideal location should be 50 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer at all times.

Finally, don’t forget to water your hibiscus regularly. To help your plant stay healthy and strong, feed it a high-quality fertilizer every two weeks in early spring.

To note: If you’re bringing your hibiscus plants indoors for the winter, don’t be alarmed if they lose all of their leaves shortly after moving them. This is a normal part of the process, and it’s simply an indication that your plant is going into a natural state of dormancy. Soon enough, it will produce new growth as it readjusts to life in a sheltered environment.

Tender Bulbs

Tender bulbs are popular around springtime, bringing smiles wherever they bloom. However, these bulbs do require a winter dormancy period.

Overwintering your bulbs is pretty straightforward, but it does take some effort. Here are some examples of tender bulbs you can overwinter.

Dahlias

Close up of three pink and white Dahlia flowers in sunlight, with other colorful flowers in the soft background
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To ensure that your dahlia bulbs survive the winter, it is important to provide them with adequate protection throughout the cold months.

First, dig up the bulbs and brush off any excess soil. Do not wash or submerge your bulbs as this can lead to mold and decay. Dahlia tuberous roots are also very delicate so be careful when handling not to bruise it. Examine the roots and cut off any diseased areas.

Next, store them indoors in a cool, dry place for seven to 14 days. Now, place your dahlia bulbs in an open cardboard box and loosely pack them with dry peat moss or newspapers. Do not place them in a shut plastic container because your bulbs need air circulation to avoid any rot.

Put the box in an unheated garage or basement, no more than 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you notice any signs of rot or decay, be sure to remove those bulbs immediately so that they do not spread to the rest of your garden.

Gladiolas

Red Gladiola
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Overwintering gladiolas bulbs is a simple and straightforward process that anyone can do with minimal effort.

To start, you will need to choose a cool, dry spot in your home where you can store your bulbs throughout the winter months. Ideally, this location should be between 35- and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once you have chosen your storage space, you will need to dig up your bulbs and gently remove any excess soil or debris from the corms. Do not use water, simple shake off excess material.

The drying process is done in steps. At first, allow the corms to dry in sunlight for about two days. Then, place them carefully into a shallow container with proper air circulation for about three weeks. Keep your gladiolas out of direct sunlight during this time and in temperatures between 35- and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, check your bulbs for any signs of pests or diseases and store them in a cardboard box between 2 and 3 inches of coconut coir, wood shavings, or peat moss. Ensure that the humidity in your storage area is about 50 percent and your bulbs are not in the vicinity of any heat sources.

Spot-check your bulbs every now and then. If you notice any decaying bulbs, dispose of them immediately so as to not infect the batch.

Overwintering In Just a Few Steps

Winter doesn’t have to be a gardening dead zone! There are plenty of plants that can thrive during these colder months. By following the tips in this article, you’ll be able to overwinter your garden plants successfully and keep them looking beautiful all winter long.

So don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying your favorite hobby – get started today! And be sure to share this article with other gardeners who might find it helpful. Do you have any tips or tricks for overwintering your plants? Leave a comment below!

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