Better Earth Garden Centre: Winterizing Your Tropical Plants In Kelowna
If you were able to enjoy some wonderful time outside this Thanksgiving weekend, chances are, you felt a chilly breeze reiterating that Fall has officially arrived. Better Earth Garden Centre on K.L.O. in Kelowna wants you to help you secure your tropical pants before it’s too late. These delightful plants are a welcome addition to any Okanagan garden. Whether you bury your tropical pots into the ground or use potted versions to spruce up your patio, these plants thrive in the sun and heat and do not tolerate cooler winter temperatures on their own. With some properly timed preparation, these gorgeous plants can be enjoyed for years to come.
Relocating Tender Plants Indoors
Our plants speak to us through the colour and texture of their foliage and their soil conditions. If your tropical plants have started to turn yellow or brown and you are losing leaves, its’ time to act fast. Prior to moving anything indoors, check your tropical plant pots for unwanted pests or moss that may have taken up residence. Have a quarantine spot available in your garage or shed where you can isolate plants during your transition to prevent indoor plants from becoming accidently contaminated. Ideal conditions provide adequate light and do not have severe drafts. Avoid placing outdoor plants near heat registers, doors or drafty windows.
Heat, Light and Humidity
If proper humidity and light conditions are met, you can successfully overwinter your beloved tropical plants and have them blooming in time again for next spring. Remember, your plants will require less water during their winter hibernation. Many plants have a dormant stage during this time and patience is of the utmost importance. It can be easy to become discouraged as your favourite plant works out its’ growing pains during its’ transition from outside to indoors. Placing open containers of water near your tropical plants is an easy way to provide moisture to the dry, indoor air. Your delicate tropical plants will take some time to adjust to the forced air that arrives when we start using our thermostat to heat our homes.
Artificial Light to Supplement Your Plants
Maximizing natural daylight can be tricky; especially for individuals whose windows do not enjoy optimum exposure. Installing artificial grow lights in proximity to your plants is a helpful way to meet their lighting requirements. Certain tropical plants thrive under traditional fluorescent lights. Experiment with different options in your home to see which is most successful for keeping your plants vibrant and healthy during the darker months. Or stop by our garden centre and pick up the supplies you require. Or simply give us a call and we will be happy to discuss the individual needs of your particular plants!
Many tropical plants go dormant during the cooler winter months and are stored in an unheated garage or shed that remains above freezing. Keep you outdoor plants in the pots they have lived in throughout the year. Try to hold re-potting off until the Spring to avoid further shock to your plant. Outdoor tropical’s can be dug up from the ground and placed into a suitable pot for winter storage. Don’t expect blossoms or new growth during the dormancy stage. Your plants have settled down for their winter slumber. The goal is to keep the roots from completely drying out or freezing at this time.
Better Earth Garden Centre Offers Winterization Options
It can be difficult to offer all of your tropical plants an ideal placement. If you are out of room or struggling for prime real estate to store your tropical plants, we have solutions! Our devoted staff at Better Earth Garden Centre is happy to tend to your tropical plants on your behalf over the winter season. If you don’t have a greenhouse or an extra room in your home to devote to your tropical plants; don’t fret! Our central location in Kelowna makes it easy to arrange for storage. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you load or unload your plants and transport them to their temporary home. The committed crew at Better Earth Garden Centre in Kelowna knows better than anyone that favourite plants can become part of the family. Let us help you maximize the longevity of your favourite tropicals. Stop by with any questions or text or email us a photo of your concerns. Our locally owned family nursery is committed to helping you get the most out of your garden any time of year!
Popular Okanagan Tropical Plants
Our warm and dry climate makes it a breeze to enjoy tropical plants here. Angel’s Trumpet, Canna Tropicana, Elephants Ears, Banana Plants and Hibiscus are some of the popular larger tropical species we enjoy growing locally. Plants that have tubers, corms or bulbs can be dug up, rinsed and air dried prior to storage. Proper ventilation is necessary to ensure adequate air circulation and prevent mold. Baskets, cardboard boxes or crates are great storage options for your bulbs. Space your bulbs so they are free from touching one another. Use sawdust or peat moss to protect your bulbs and help retain a bit of moisture. Re-pot your bulbs in new pots in the spring or place directly into the ground once the last frost has occurred and enjoy a head start on your Spring garden.
Group your tropical plants together to maximize heat. Use locations that store warmth such as paved areas, stone retaining walls or brick walls to optimize heat from the sun naturally. Applying some heavy mulch or OgoGrow to your tropical plants can help them nestle down comfortably until spring. Areas with wind breaks such as the side of your home, near taller evergreens or in your gazebo may be your best outdoor storage options. Wait for spring to fertilize your tropical plants and avoid fertilizing prior to transporting. Do not fertilize plants that have been damaged by frost. Damaged leaves will fall off on their own.
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Remember, Better Earth Garden Centre is here to help answer your questions or concerns. We are open Monday to Saturday from 8 till 4pm. If unexpected damage or loss does occur with this year’s tropical plants, we offer an exceptional replacement selection! We look forward to seeing you soon!