Wintering Flowers: Should I Move my Containers Under Cover

Winter is coming! Make sure not to wait until the last minute to prepare your precious perennials for this colder season.

Rozanne® is a low-maintenance flower. You don’t have to move her under cover to guarantee beautiful blooms next season. Although you may choose to, and that’s okay. Just use these tips to care for her this winter if she remains outdoors.

However, some of Rozanne’s perennial pals may not be as low-maintenance. 

Should I Move my Containers Under Cover?

wintering flowersWhat under-cover space do you have?

This is anywhere that protects the plants from cold winds, rain, snow and frosts. Spaces around your home would include:

  • Greenhouses
  • Polytunnels
  • Covered patios
  • Up against the side of the house (the overhang of the roof can give protection).
  • Conservatories and garden rooms
  • Sheds and garages (if the plants lose their leaves and do not need light over winter).

If you can answer “yes” to most of the following questions, then consider moving your containers inside.

Do you live in a colder climate?

In the U.S. Zones 6 or colder are too cold for many perennials. Find out which zone you live in and whether those plants should be brought in.

Are your perennials in containers already?

Perhaps your perennials are already in containers outside and it’s an easy move bringing them indoors. Consider how heavy the containers are which have plants in them. If they are smaller containers, bring them in in a cinch.

Do you have the space?

When you bring your perennials in, they will need ample air circulation. You can try moving them to more mild conditions such as a shed or garage. The plants will still go dormant, but may not freeze and die.

If you answered “no” to most of the questions, then you don’t need to move your plants inside. Just follow these tips for over-wintering your flowers.

But, if you answered “yes” to most of the questions, here is how to move them inside to over-winter your flowers.

5 Steps to Wintering Flowers wintering flowers

Step 1:

In the fall, some plants start dying down completely. Cut off the remaining leaves of these types before moving under cover.

Step 2:

Choose lighting based on the flowers’ needs. For plants that keep their leaves over winter, keep them in a bright condition. Those plants that lose their leave completely can go anywhere, including dark sheds and garages

Step 3:

Water the plant thoroughly at first. Check the soil and keep it moist (but not wet) until you see new growth. Continue to water as needed depending on the plant. Most flowering plants prefer soil that dries a little in between waterings.

Step 4:

When there are signs of life at the end of winter, feed your plant to give a boost.

Step 5:

For those plants in warm, light conditions such as a conservatory or heated greenhouse, pinch out the growing tips of plants occasionally to encourage dense foliage. You can also deadhead old blooms as they begin to fade to encourage the plant to bloom for longer.

Moving containers under cover is a simple way to over-winter part of your garden. Tell us, how do you winter your flowers? Leave us a comment on Facebook sharing your tips for over-wintering your flowers.