Hi all! Do you have any favorite plants outside that can’t take the low temperatures of your winter? I live in plant zone 6. That means our winter may dip down to 0 degrees F. I have a couple of plants that shouldn’t be left outside when the temperature dips below 45 degrees F. A few days ago a hard freeze was predicted. It was time to get them overwintered, which means to re-pot and bring them in.
One was my new Rex Begonia. I just love those variegated leaves. If I can’t garden outside, at least I can enjoy a garden inside. Right?
Here’s the steps I followed:
- Spray the plant with an insecticide. The last thing you want is an infestation moving to your other plants.
- Remove all damaged and dead leaves and stems. This one got removed.
- Use the correct potting soil for your plant. There are soils for acidic loving plants, succulents and cacti, all-purpose mixes. Look up your plant to find what works best.
Tip: I place a coffee filter in the bottom of my planters, so the soil won’t seep out of the drainage holes.
- Pack the soil around the plant’s roots firmly, leaving no air pockets.
- Water, and place near a window with sun. Again, check how much sun your plant needs.
Tip: Rotate your plant occasionally allowing all sides to get sun exposure.
The plant may stress out for awhile, until it gets acclimated. I’ve been successful most of the time, but if it doesn’t make it through the winter, at least you tried.