January 29, 2018

Don’t Skimp on Your Winter Plant Care

Things have been heating up in Maryland, so many residents are starting to pack up their heaviest winter coats and think about warmer days. Winter is still going to linger for at least another month, so you cannot stop your winter plant care or start moving plants outdoors yet.

Caring for Outdoor Plants Indoors 

If you took some plants indoors at the end of the fall, taking great care of them over the winter is essential to their success once spring rolls around. To care for your outdoor plants during the winter:

  • Keep plants in a bright area with southern exposure and as much light as possible. If you have any rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, those are your best bet.
  • Use a humidifier in the room where you keep your outdoor plants. If any plants have leaf drop or dry leaf tips, it’s a sign that they aren’t getting enough humidity.
  • Only water plants once the topsoil has become dry. Plants do not need much water to make it through the winter, so don’t overwater them.
  • Wait to fertilize your plants until a month before you place them back outdoors in the spring.
  • Take your plants back outdoors once nighttime temperatures are above 45 degrees and there is no danger of frost. 

You Can Start Your Spring Plants Now 

The soil won’t be fully warmed for a while now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your spring plantings or garden! Starting in late February, you can plant spring vegetables in pots along a sunny spot in your screened porch or sunroom. They can be moved outdoors fully once things have warmed up. Some of the easiest spring vegetables and plants to start now include:

  • Baby spinach
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Snapdragons
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Geraniums

Winter Landscaping from JFC Grounds Maintenance

If you are looking for snow removal or extra help maintaining your yard this winter, remember that JFC Grounds Maintenance is always a call away. Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887 to learn more about our snow removal services.