Now, as the winter is coming, it’s a hard time, not just for you but for your plants as well, especially if you have plants with flowers. If you take some time and put in some extra effort to take care of the flowers, you can save them, and you will not have to start all over again. Winter is tough on plants; the unbearably cold temperature and harsh weather conditions can harm the petals and even make the plant prone to many diseases. As someone who loves plants and flowers, I can understand how sad and unhappy you feel when that happens to your beloved plants. Therefore, here I am sharing a few tips which you can use to take care of your flowers in winter.
People with many plants understand the concept and importance of pruning, but if you are new to this, pruning is the process of cutting out extra, dead or yellow or brown parts of any plant to stop it from infecting the rest of the plant. During winters, pruning becomes even more necessary as the plant is open to the harsh weather and the parts die more rapidly. Do not hesitate even to remove the blackened petals of the flowers.
New Layer is Required
To save your flowers for the upcoming winter, it is crucial that you cover the existing soil with another layer. There are two main reasons for this;
- First, you want your plant to get used to the new type of soil before the winter hits, and
- Secondly, frost can damage and crack the soil, so this upper layer will help in keeping the frost away from the roots, though it’s better if you keep an eye on it and don’t let that happen, even to the upper soil.
Snow is not that Bad.
Contrary to popular belief, snow is actually good for your plant. If it snows where you live, I suggest you keep your flowers outside for some time, that is, if they are not outdoors already. The collected snow on your soil will work as a natural insulator and will keep the soil at a warmer temperature. That is precisely what you need for your plant but do not let too much snow on it as it may weigh down on the soil, and the snow on the branches and petals can break them.
Just A Mist
If you have tropical flowers like Orchids, then you must sprinkle some water on them at least twice a day. Tropical flower plants like orchids, peace lily and clivia, need humidity to grow. Therefore you must create that kind of environment for them. You can use a spray bottle to mist the plant with simple water.
Do Not Let The Dust in
No, no, I don’t mean to keep your plant safe away from dust; I just wanna say that you must dust your plants regularly. Sounds weird, right? But it’s imperative during winters. As the plant is already having a hard time because of the harsh weather, dust can block the pores and make it difficult for them to breathe. Quickly wipe the entire plant, especially the leaves, with a slightly damp piece of cloth, and you’re done!
Give them Some Light.
Well, it’s a duh one, I know, but understand that it’s essential. In winters, nights are longer; therefore, your plant has to go for long hours without any natural light; hence it is crucial that they get as much sunlight as possible during the day to survive the long, harsh nights of the winter. Move the plant around and position it in a way it gets direct or indirect sunlight, according to the requirements of the plant. If this seems like a tedious task to you, imagine spending hours without food, that is what your plant will have to go through.
Do Not Overwater
Though some flowers need misting during the winters, that is not the case with all the flower plants. Understand the nature and needs of your plant and water the plant accordingly. Most plants grow at a slower pace during the winter; therefore, they need less water to survive, and overwatering can harm them seriously. The best way to check if your plants need more water or not is by checking the soil, putting a finger in the soil, and if it feels dry, your plant needs to be watered.
Flowers are one of the most beautiful things you will ever have the pleasure of holding, and if done correctly, the experience of growing flowers can be pretty rewarding. You can easily get some pretty flowers home delivered through online flower delivery in Mumbai or wherever you want. Just put in some serious efforts, and you will be fine.