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Currently, Miranda is the only author creating all of the helpful and informative posts found in this blog. Learn a little more about this exceptional plant specialist and author below.

Miranda Niemiec

Horticulture Content Specialist

If you want to know the science behind plants, Miranda is here to help. A plant biologist and fan of all things flowering, Miranda loves to make gardening and horticulture accessible to the masses. She has traveled all over the world (from Africa to Central America and the UK) researching plant biology and nutrient dynamics and knows just what your plants need to call your garden home. Whether you’re reading her blogs or watching her videos on YouTube and Instagram, you never know what she’ll teach you next. 

Miranda holding a plant in the greenhouse
roses in a pot on a front porch

Stacey

Marketing Manager

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Use Insulation

If you can’t move your containers to shelter, you’ll have to bring to shelter to your containers! Try wrapping your pots with insulation, like blankets, burlap, or thick bubble wrap. This protects your pots from cracking – but more importantly – it protects the roots from harsh freezes that can damage the plant.

Don’t mind the extra work? You can always use nature’s protection: the soil. Dig a trench and bury the potted containers up to the base of the plant. This will provide as much insulation as it would have if planted in the ground.

No matter which option you choose, make sure you finish by insulating your plants with a layer of mulch. This ensures the soil stays moist and a little warmer

pink flowering vine in a pot
3 different potted plants on front porch stairs

Water (Lightly!)

Surprised you still need to water your plants in winter? Dormant does not mean dead, so your plants still need water! Roots may die from desiccation in dry pots, so it’s important to keep them moist throughout the winter. This generally isn’t a problem if your plant isn’t sheltered from winter precipitation. However, if you moved your pots under a covering, they shouldn’t be ignored.

When we say moist, we do not mean soaking wet. It’s important to water your plants infrequently and with a light hand. Check on your plant every few weeks or each month, feeling the soil with your fingers to get a sense of how wet it is. If the soil feels moist, skip watering. If it’s drying out, consider lightly watering again.

Avoid Fertilizing & Pruning

It’s natural for plant growth to slow down (or stop completely) in fall and winter for a good reason. Leafy new growth and soft stems are not tolerant of cold temperatures. They’re the first part of the plant to die once freezing temperatures hit. What does this have to do with fertilizing and pruning?

Both fertilizing and pruning encourage the development of new growth on plants (particularly, shrubs). Do not apply fertilizer after midsummer to allow your plant to naturally enter dormancy. If you’re planning on pruning or cutting back your plants, do so in early spring.

blue hydrangeas in pots outside
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