Perennials are surely the most popular type of plants. Their fame can be attributed to their ease of maintenance over other plants. Unlike seasonal and annual plants, they grow at all times and last for years.
While perennials can withstand unrelenting winter conditions such as freezing temperatures, snowfall, thunderstorm, etc., it’s critical to winterize them to ensure that they stay well-maintained throughout the season.
Here are some things you can do in order to winterize your perennial plants and prevent them from suffering any damage due to chilly weather conditions.
Perennials usually do not require any supplementary fertilizer particularly if they’re planted on a firm rich soil. In fact, some might even incur severe damage due to routine fertilizing. Over-fertilizing can lead to an abrupt plant growth near the end of the season, affecting its bloom appearance.
Removing faded or spent flowers from plants is necessary because it helps the perennials to bloom throughout the winter season. Dead flowers not only hinder a plant’s performance but can also spoil the appearance of the plant. Deadheading can redirect plant’s energy into the development of the flowers, resulting in continued bloom in order to retain a plant’s appearance and augment its performance.
Perennials have the roots that can sustain winters for extended periods of time, even if their growth is stunted. Removing debris does not harm the plant and can help you to eradicate insects and debris that persists on dead plant matter.
Roots are susceptible to drying in winter, causing persistent harm to the plant. Watering perennials during winters can prevent their roots from incurring any damage that impairs the overall health of the plant. While a lot of people think that watering their plants in winter may damage the roots because of frozen soil, but that’s not actually the case. Watering rather prevents roots from freezing in the night, as the water traps warmth in the soil and helps the plant stay warmer.
Mulching your plants in winter can help them to endure winter more adequately. It shields the ground from the heat of the sun and keeps it frozen. This can prevent plants from growing too soon and then dying of the harsh winter.
Winter can take a toll on perennial plants, particularly in the regions that undergo heavy snowfall. Winterizing your perennials can protect them against winter conditions such as snowfall, frost, cold blows and below-freezing temperatures. So, it should be a high-priority on your list if you want your perennial plants to survive the winter and look as stunning as ever.