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How To Winterize Containers and Flower Pots

How To Winterize Containers and Flower Pots

Ensure Your Containers are Ready for Colorado’s Winter!

Winter is on its way to Colorado, so make sure to winterize containers and flower pots so your cold hardy perennials and shrubs are protected throughout the cold season!

  1. How to winterize containers and flower potsSOIL: Your potting soil should be one formulated for container plants. These types of soils ensure the plant is getting the right type of nutrients while contained, and good drainage to curb over-saturation and ensure healthy root growth.
  2. CONTAINMENT: Make sure your containers have good drainage holes at the bottom, and are made out of a heavy duty material, like heavy plastic, stone, or fiberglass, so that they won’t be cracked or damaged by cold temperatures.
  3. Freezing temperatures can damage terracotta potsWINTER WATER: Winter watering is a crucial step in Colorado, due to our dry climate. Water a couple of times a month around mid-day when the temperature is at least 40˚F to ensure saturation before possible freezing in the evening. You want to make sure the roots freeze wet to avoid freezing damage. Do not water when soil is frozen, as no water will be absorbed. For more information on Winter Watering for your lawn and landscape please visit our Winter Watering webpage!
  4. NO FERTILIZING: Before you start to winterize containers, stop actively applying fertilizers about 6 weeks before the first frost date. Feeding your container plants this late in the season will promote new growth that will soon be damaged by winter weather.
  5. STOP THE WILT: You may choose to use a monthly application of Wilt-Pruf or another antidesiccant on your broadleaf evergreens and ornamentals to help protect them against moisture loss and winter kill.
  6. TRANSPLANT: It is suggested to re-pot your container plants every couple of years. A combination of fresh, nourishing soil and extra leg room gives your plants a bit of rejuvenation!

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Sources: http://www.finegardening.com/10-plants-year-round-containers?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=eletter&utm_content=fg_eletter&utm_campaign=fine-gardening-eletter

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