Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Getting Ready For A Freeze

The weather forecast spells doom for our tender annuals. Now is the time to bring in the plants that we want to save. Inspect plants carefully for signs of pests and disease. Some plants are not going to be happy in an indoor environment. Plants such as Mandovillia are going to defoliate. There is NOTHING you can do to stop's just going to happen. They just need a bit of a winter me!! Soon tender new leaves will begin to appear.
It's easy to save that favorite geranium plant. Remove it from the pot, shake off the dirt, remove the leaves, place upside down in a box and place in a cool, dark environment. Check occasionally for signs of mold and mildew and remove infected branches. Pot the plant in February or March and place in a sunny window. Your geranium will be ready to enjoy for another growing season!
Just because we are going to have a freeze doesn't mean we have to stop gardening! Beautiful fall mums, flowering kale and pansies are resilient and add lots of late fall color! You will notice that some other plants like snapdragons will withstand those first few freezing mornings!
If you are not sure how to over winter a special plant just send me an email or leave a comment and I will try to find an answer for you!
Now it's time to start bringing that wonderful summer feeling into our homes! Start watching the blog for more decorating ideas for the inside of your home! There will be lots of new ideas coming your way!

Thanks for all the prayers for Emily!!


  1. It's sad to see the plants die especially so early in the fall.
    We've kept geraniums for many years (some as long as 10 yrs) by just putting the potted plants in the basement in the fall and ignoring them. We've cut them back some and maybe water them once or twice througout the winter. In the spring, we've brought them upstairs or outside (after the last freeze), water and feed as normal.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I may have to try one this year! Any body else have any ideas?


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