Last Updated On: November 17th, 2020
Learn how to heel in your plants 2 easy ways to protect your plants this winter on this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.
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What Does It Mean To Heel In Plants?
In this podcast, you'll learn what heeling in plants means and how to do it.
What You'll Learn:
- What heeling in plants means.
- How to heel in your container plants in 2 different ways.
- Resources and links for more information.
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Heeling in Plants Before Winter
The cooling and brisk temperatures during the fall months leading into winter make for cozy days and nights, but your potted garden plants might not think so.
All your wonderful perennial container plants on your deck, on your front porch, or even out in your garden are all above ground and their roots are exposed with no insulation around their roots, besides the container they are in.
This can lead to those plants roots having cold and freezing damage, and even die back with prolonged exposure.
To protect your container plants, you can heel them in.
This is a technique that mimics plants planted directly in the ground but your plants stay in their containers the whole winter.
How To Heel In Your Plants?
The easiest way to heel in your plants is to simply group your container plants all together and then mound up mulch or even soil around them to just underneath their container top edge so now all the sides of your containers are not visible and have mulch up against them.
Another way to heal your plants in is to dig holes either in unused raised beds or in your ground beds to then place each container into so that the container sides aren't exposed to the open freezing air and are completely beneath the soil.
Here are some gardening tip for heeling in your plants:
don't bury your container plants deeper in the soil then the soil level they are planted in.
Match the soil level in the container with the ground or soil level you are placing the container into.
If mounding mulch, bring the mulch up to the same soil level as is in the container.
Smaller containers can be on the edge of a mounded group and taller containers can be more towards the center or middle of the mulch mound.
And that's how you heel your plants in.
Again, if you want to learn more about winter pruning, register now for our winter pruning do's and don'ts webinar and find out what plants can be cut back this winter! Go to www.spokengarden.com/winterpruningwebinar to register now!
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