How to Winterize Plants

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Winterizing plants is best done by cutting down on the fertilizer, covering the plants with a non-plastic material, moving the plants to a protected area and providing artificial light to keep it alive. Bring in outdoor potted plants for the winter with plant advice from an urban horticulturist in this free video on gardening.

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. How do you winterize your plants? Well there's a number of things to think of. One is don't over fertilize your plants when you're going into the fall or winter season. Why? We don't want to create all this new growth. When you get a lot of new succulent growth, it's more easily injured. Remember many plants can be taken into a protected area. Now I know you can put a cover over your plants and that will help with frost. If you do have a cover, I'd use some type of material. Don't use plastic, or if you do use plastic, make some type of a like a greenhouse effect because where plastic touches the plant, the cold will go right through. Now when you want to get your plants ready for the winter season, think of an area that's protected. Where can I bring them out of that frost and freezing type temperatures? And yet many plants have to synthesize their food from light. So either you have to have high indirect light, let's say florescent tubes or condescend bulbs, or you're going to have to have an area with a bright window usually within about 2 to 3 feet. If you take your plants, make sure you don't over fertilize them, create some type of cover and think about bringing them in. For, I'm Stan DeFreitas.


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