More prep for what’s coming… or is here!

Mon. Oct. 14, 2019

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We all know it’s coming, some have even started to experience what it brings… the s-word! While I could be talking about stew and sweatshirts, there are some who have seen snow!

My cousin’s place 10-11-19 in the Detroit Lakes, MN area

That means we still have some things to do to prepare for Winter. It may seem early but I want to put this one out there. One of those items is cleaning out the annuals in our pots.

Late August 2019 – the two red ones on either side will be my Christmas containers

I do leave out my large pots to plant for the Christmas season. I also have two other glazed pots, which handle the least amount of wet conditions and freezing temperatures, that I’ve left out for years.

They’ve both cracked and I’m afraid to move them much at all at this point.

June 2019

The other smaller glazed pots I have, I will turn over and they’ll be somewhat protected on my large covered porch.

The red begonia did okay but the coleus and the yellow begonia are toast!

The most important thing is that your pots are dry as we enter winter and stay as dry as possible. If there’s an opportunity for water to get under those cracks, then you’ll likely see damage in the spring. What happens is the moisture in the soil will freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw which causes expanding and contracting. It’s the same thing that happens to our plants, we call that “heaving” and it can lift the plants right out of the ground. If you keep containers dry, you shouldn’t have a problem.

If you have a very expensive glazed container, you might consider this. I always buy these at the end of the season when they’re on sale so I’m more willing to risk a little damage. And the two REALLY big ones are just too much for me to move!

2018 Christmas container

Terra cotta pots can also suffer from winter damage. I usually put these in the shed. The main reason is to keep them dry. The cold isn’t really the issue. Also, my terra cotta pots are smaller and stack well.