Wintering Begonias: Overwintering A Begonia In Cold Climates

The cold weather is coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about your winterizing your plants.

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t overwinter them indoors because they don’t like the cold, but what if I told you that they actually do like the cold? What if I told you that some species are adapted to living in colder climates than others? What if I told you that there are even species that thrive in temperatures down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit?

If you’re like me, then you might have wondered why anyone would want to overwinter their plants. Well, maybe it’s just something you did once or twice when your house was too hot during the summer months. Maybe it’s something you’ll do occasionally while keeping up with all those new gardening trends out there nowadays. Either way, now is the perfect time to get started!

Let’s face it; if you live in a warm climate, chances are good that you’ll need to keep your plants alive through the winter. If not, well at least you won’t have to worry about them dying from lack of water or sun.

So let’s look at some of the different types of plants that can survive in various environments and see which ones might work best for us here in Minnesota.

Begonias are probably one of the most popular plants to bring inside in the winter. There are a lot of different types, but there are also a lot of factors to take into consideration. For example, if you don’t have a green thumb at all then maybe you shouldn’t even bother with the Begonia family altogether. They are known to be finicky and difficult when it comes to watering, feeding, temperature, light, etc.

If you do decide to go with the Begonias, then you should pick one that is known to grow in your area.

The next plant are Coleus. These are beautiful plants with colorful foliage that can stand on their own without any flowers. While they might not get as large as some other houseplants, they still need a lot of light and prefer soil that is on the damp side.

English ivy is another great choice for indoors.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Fall Care and Clean-up of the Garden and Landscape by RA Briccetti – 2000 –

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