Weekend chores: buy bubble wrap
Bubble wrap for your containers? Whoda thought?
The New York Botanical Garden blogger, Sonia Uyterheoven, has written about protecting plants for winter. And with the prediction that this will be a harsh winter, it might be prudent to listen up.
For roses, she advises, "hill them up" with 6-8 inches of mulch in late November when it is clear they are dormant.
Hydrangeas, especially the big-leaf varieties, flower on old wood. This means that the plant develops its flower buds on the previous year's growth. Harsh weather can disrupt the setting of the buds.
So Sonia advises building a windbreak for hydrangeas in exposed areas. "Place 5 or 6 stakes around the plant and wrap with burlap." Leave the top open -- snow is a great insulator.
Containers?? "The simplest answer is bubble wrap." Garden centers sell a horticultural version that has a silver foil lining, she writes.
Insulate the hearty containers after their freeze, the half-hardy ones before they freeze. Secure with garden twine. If possible, she writes, tie the bubble wrap over the top of the container, pulling it around the base of the plant so that the soil in the containers is covered. This will help protect it from the freezing and thawing cycle in February.
"If your container is not hardy, place it in an unheated garage so that it can go dormant for the winter."
Ok. Here's my question. I planted succulents in a strawberry jar this summer and I'd like to try to keep them over the winter. I am pretty sure they are not hardy or even half-hardy.
Does that mean I bubble-wrap the jar AND put it in the garage?
Any advice from succulent growers out there? I am Maryland, zone 7-ish.
Photo credit: Baltimore Sun/Susan Reimer