Potted plants are a great way to decorate around patios, pools and outdoor living areas. Its an easy way to add a splash of color to brighten an area. Potted plants indoors are regulated by a moderate temperature but outdoors in Georgetown it’s been a bit chilly lately.
When a plant is planted in the ground, the roots are a good 6-12 inches below the surface and chill. When potted, the roots are exposed to the pot, the pot exposed to the elements and therefore the roots freeze at a quicker rate.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your plants. Cover the small ones with 2 liter bottles – cut the bottom of the bottle off and remove the cap. Wrap the pots in blankets, burlap, flannel, or any type of heavy fabric; the point is to insulate the pot from the cold. If you have the funds and enough plants to make it worth wild, build a greenhouse. Bring the plants inside when chilly weather is predicted.
I bring my plants indoors. I lay a tarp in the sitting room and all the potted plants have indoor living quarters for a few weeks. It’s best to find a spot where your plants still get natural light and don’t forget to keep them watered.