Protecting Plants in the Winter

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November 21, 2017

Burlap placed over a bush to protect it during winter.I bought a miniature rose bush this year and want to protect it from wind and snow. I put some burlap over it and put some rocks and bricks down to anchor it.


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November 4, 2019

I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; this is located in the ''Zone 5-B'', I believe. We have a cold winter with 3 to 4 major snowfalls, and a damp type of cold, being next to the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the Golden Horseshoe. The temperature will drop to an average of -25C to -35C (-13 to -31 F) between early January and late March. Should I pot the plant and bring it indoors? Or, is this tree accustomed to cold winter climates?

Thank you for your time!


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The way to protect your plant is by mulching it really well during the winter months. Because this plant is a late bloomer it is not necessary to dig it up and bring it in the home. Do not prune the plant before winter becuase this can damage the plant during the winter months. The leaves should fall off in winter but will grow back again in late sprint.


Just keep in mind it is a late bloomer and normally will get new leaves and blooms around mid-spring. Just mulch it well in late fall to protect the roots from the winter. Normally 2 to 4 inches of mulch is a good amount to protect the plant during the winer months.

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I believe Rose of Sharon and Hibiscus are generally considered to be in the same family but the Rose of Sharon is much more hardy than the Hibiscus and can be grown safely outdoors in Zone 5.
Sites from Agriculture Agencies all recommend adding mulch - 2-4 inches - before first frost. But they also recommend using mulch all year long and just adding a little more before cold sets in.


I'm not in favor of potting plants that grow this large as they do not seem to do as well and also appear to get root bound fairly fast. Also, if the potted plant is left outside the pot can freeze and kill the roots so the pot would need to be protected.

Time of Pruning is critical or you may not have good crop of blooms the following year.

Check out these sites for specific instructions:

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October 8, 2010

Is there a way to overwinter an Anemopsis plant and a Tulbaghia plant? I have had them around my pond this summer and would love to try and save them to grow again in the spring. I am in southern Manitoba, Canada. Thank you.

Hardiness Zone: 2b

By BJ from Brandon, Manitoba


December 20, 20000 found this helpful
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Here's a few items from an HGTV article...

"Mulch after the first freeze to insulate plants against freezing temperatures, especially those that are marginally hardy.


* Pull mulch back from the base of young trees, particularly if mice are a problem in your area; they can chew on the bark.

* Spray trees that are prone to insect and disease problems with dormant oil, provided temperatures are above 40 degrees F."

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October 3, 2005


How can I protect my asparagus ferns from the winter months so they don't die back. Would covering them with plastic where they are hanging help them or hurt them? Do they require water during the winter if covered?

Eletha from California


I'd advise against covering them with plastic. It may interfere with leaf respiration and won't keep them from prolonged exposure to winter temperatures.

It's normal for Asparagus Ferns to need a rest in the winter. If you have them hanging in baskets, I would suggest bringing them indoors. If possible, keep them in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight.

These ferns prefer temperatures between 55 and 70 degrees and will suffer when exposed to warmer or cooler temperatures for extended periods. Although they enjoy being kept moist in the summer, it's best to keep them on the drier side during the winter months.

If plants are large, you may want to cut them back a little to better manage them indoors. Expect some needle dropping-it's normal. However, if over-watered they will drop many of their needles.

Fertilize them at 1/2 normal strength every 2 weeks or so and resume growing them outdoors in summer.

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January 16, 2017

Roses are a very hearty flower but might need some protection from harsh winters. This is a page about methods for protecting roses in winter.

Red Rose covered in snow.

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September 16, 2014

This is a page about preparing container plants for winter. Containers provide less protection for your plants than if they were planted in the ground. The upside is that they are portable.

snow in flower pot

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February 21, 2013

This page is about preventing damage to trees and shrubs in winter. During the winter snow and cold, it helps to give protection to some kinds of woody plants.

tree protected for winter

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October 8, 2010

It's getting below freezing where I live. It normally does not. I want to protect some plants I have in my harden. What is the best way to this cheaply?

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