Questions tagged [winter]

For questions about how to care for plants and trees during winter season use the [overwintering] tag. For questions about gardening, planting, propagating plants, etc. during winter season use the [winter-gardening] tag. Use this tag for any other questions related to winter season. For example questions related to non-living landscape elements, watering systems, etc.

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Why is this tree refusing to shed its dead leaves?

There's this tree I've been noticing (not sure what it's called) and throughout the whole winter it has held onto its leaves that went dry in fall even under windy/rainy conditions. Since leaves dont ...
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How can I keep gravel from moving out of my driveway during winter?

I have a gravel driveway going horizontally across a hill, and have trouble keeping the gravel in the driveway, especially during snow. This is because every time I shovel out the driveway, stones get ...
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Why should we cover rose plants in the winter?

We live in Minnesota, where it gets quite cold in the winter and the ground freezes well below the depth of the roses. We have a row of rose bushes which we inherited from the previous owners of our ...
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If I harvest bell pepper, will it grow back? (I control the temperature in my small greenhouse)

If I harvest bell pepper, will it grow back? (I control the temperature 25 C* in my small greenhouse) If yes, I pick bell pepper fruit only or it needs pruning also after harvesting? how to do it ...
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Do indoor plants go dormant in winter?

I read that many plants go dormant in winter. I live in the Netherlands, and while outside temperatures are between -3 °C and 10 °C in winter, the temperatures in my room are always between 15 °C and ...
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What do I do with my avocado plant during arctic winter?

I am going to start with describing my plant and how it has grown and its living conditions, and then I'll ask my questions later. So I have this indoor avocado plant which I planted from a nut and it ...
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What are these white things on the conifers in my garden?

I found these white pea-sized things on some trees in my garden. The garden is in Lower Saxony, Germany. I already looked through similar questions here but none of them looked quite like this. From ...
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storing my electric lawn mower over winter

I live in southern NM where it is dry most of the time, for this winter I must store it outside. Is encasing it in plastic a good idea? Should I cut a slit to let out humidity or water condensation ...
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Applying straw mulch - should straw touch tree base?

For winter protection, I know wood chip mulch is supposed to be placed a few inches away from the base of the plant for breathing room. Does the same go for straw mulch?
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What weed treatment is appropriate for Centipede grass in the winter?

Here on the South Carolina coast, we tend to have long warm and wet spells in December and January. For instance today, 12/28, it's in the low 70's and we've had rain 2 of the last 3 days. We had ...
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Best practices on pruning and winter protection for climbing roses

We have two climbing roses.We inherited this from the previous owner of our house. Last year we pruned them quite short in the fall and banked them, just like we did with the rest of the roses (...
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Indoor cactus during winter - switch growing/dormant seasons?

I have a small decorative cactus (exact species unknown, but I'll attach a picture) and one west-facing window next to both the air conditioner and the heater. I have no other windows. I have no ...
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Indoor Avocado plant dying in winter

I grew my avocado plant from seed this spring. It’s been doing amazing, water it every 5 days or so and sits directly in the sun. I live in Canada and now our winter is hitting my avocado pretty hard. ...
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Should I feed wild rabbits in my garden in winter?

In the past week, there is a rabbit's family (2 of them) taking resident in my garden. They jump right up to one of the big pots and take nap there. Here is one of them I am considering to put some ...
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Winterizing young climbing roses

Two questions about winterizing young (1Y) climbing roses: -would you trim the top of the plant? -would you cover the stem in burlap or something similar ? My target is to have them grow to cover a ...
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Ferns have not survived winter, what might be the case?

We are renting a flat with a nice garden in Leeds UK. It has a nice garden in the back yard and when we moved in in July 2014 there were 4 healthy ferns pleasing my eye. Now, with winter having ...
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Should I mulch after turning in a cover crop? In a raised bed

I planted a cover cropping mix (clover mix) and recently turned it into the soil so that it can decompose in 3-6 weeks. First I cut the green parts of the cover crop into the soil and then used a hoe ...
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What flowers will bloom in winter in hot climate?

I'm looking for flowers (annual, perennial, shrubs etc...) that will bloom throughout the winter time in a warm climate. Larnaka, Cyprus, USDA zone 10/11, temperatures don't drop below 0. So far I ...
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Should I water new sod in the winter?

Part of my yard was dug up for utility work. They filled it in and put sod down. I'm in US Midwest and winter is upon us. The low temperatures have just recently begun dipping below freezing, highs ...
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Apple saplings turning brown when brought inside for winter?

We planted some apple seeds this Spring and they did very well. We just moved them inside for the winter and now the leaves are turning colors? Are they dying or just going dormant? If dying, what ...
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What should I do (if anything) to winterize my small vegetable garden (Buffalo, NY, USA)?

Should I pull everything? Cover with a tarp? Mulch? Leave exposed? Should a rake the leaves from it or leave them? Any other winter preparations I should make to make spring that much easier on it?
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When to repot my 2 baby tamarind trees?

I live in London UK and have two small tamarind trees about 12 inches high which were sprouted from a pod we ate years back and kept the seeds, rediscovering them at the start of lockdown #1! So they ...
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Is waking up a plant or a tree in winter harmful for it?

As it is winter, even by keeping my bonsai Zelkova indoors, it losts most of its leafs. For a week or so, I let it outside during the day for it to take the sun. Now, it's already producing new leafs....
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What to do with tomatillo and chilli plants in winter?

First time gardener here. This year I decided to grow some tomatillos and mexican chillies in my garden. Although it was some hard work I also had a good harvest (for my first time) and fun overall. ...
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Dormant Spray and Whitewash

I have a couple young cherry trees in pots that seem to have a shothole fungus problem, which I'm told I can clear up by treating with a dormant spray after all the leaves fall off. I would also like ...
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Broadleaf evergreens for an unheated greenhouse?

I have built a small greenhouse (unheated; Canadian zone 5). I built it so that I could have a place to go in winter where there are green leafy things to look at. What are some pleasant-looking, ...
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How to insulate banana tree during winter

I have several banana trees in the ground at my place in northeastern Mississippi. They are about 2-5 feet tall. I would really like to salvage the stem during the winter if possible. What is the best ...
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Can I leave front yard without lawn exposed in winter?

I had enough with spending weekends plucking weeds. I decided to replace my front lawn grass with river stone. I used sod cutter to take out the grass (and weeds) completely. I am going to replace ...
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Easy solutions for growing Mentha Spicata on a window sill in Winter

I am a super-crazy fan of Moroccon tea, Maghrebi. However, getting fresh spearmint (Mentha Spicata) is not easy during winter. As I am not so fond of growing plants, I’m looking for an as-easy-as-...
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Urgent treatment for Echeverias, in mid-winter

My E. Purpusorum has begun to shrivel its bottom leaves and just by touching the plant it came-off. The roots seem to have died, but I still have a chance to root the stem. This species seems ...
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Why should I cut my indoor banana plant down to soil level?

I have a little banana tree plant growing on my kitchen windowsill. This advice says: Banana palms will often reemerge from the rhizomes, so when the weather begins to cool, cut your indoor banana ...
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What flowering plants bloom between mid January and mid February on Honshu, Japan?

I love Japan its for nature, plants (like Nemophila that bloom in spring at Hitachi Seaside Park) and luxury fruits. I would like to know what flowering plants I could expect to bloom between the ...
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Boxwood turning red, guessing it's winter injury, but some leaves are dying now, how to address?

Just moved into my house over the summer, I have some boxwoods in the front. They started turning red with the winter. Recently we had some really cold days (which for my area means we had two days in ...
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What kinds of fruits and vegetables can I grow at the end of August in zone 7b/8a?

I am in northeastern Mississipp (zone 7b/8a). What are good fall/winter fruits and vegetables that I can start growing now (end of August)?
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During a warm-spell in early winter, can dormant hardwoods survive planting? Even if frozen temps are a day away?

Zone 5 northeast USA has had an early winter in some places, getting slammed with many evenings in the 20s and a few even lower. Some snow but it's come and gone, eventually melting after a couple ...
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Brown tips on young Norway Spruce

Do you think I should treat these young Norway Spruce trees for a fungus or is this browning just from winter or transplant stress? We live in Minnesota so we have long winters. We planted a long row ...
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Should I prune my Avocado

So, I planted without a lot of expectation an Avocado this summer. It has now grown a lot, but yeah, except changing the water regularly and putting near the sun, I haven't done much on it, since it's ...
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Will these weeds reduce in winter?

These weeds are about 4 feet high. I can either weed whack them now (late September), or wait until early spring. Will I have a much easier time cutting them back in spring? I'd prefer to do it now, ...
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Can this open water reservoir be damaged from the ice building inside it?

This circular concrete structure in the garden may have been a well before but now the bottom is closed and a water pipe leads to it. It is roughly a meter deep, 1.3m diameter, 50cm above surface and ...
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Table of chilling requirements for temperate zone plants?

Most plants that live where there is a a real season called "winter" have what botanists call 'chilling requirement' A certain number of hours/days below a certain temperature. Sometimes ...
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Should I be pruning my chilli plants during a Sydney winter?

It's been an unseasonably cold winter this year in Sydney. My chilli plants live outdoors. At the moment they are still alive, but most have lost most of their leaves. Should I prune off the dead ...
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