The Q&A Archives: How To Get Potted Shrubs Through The Winter?

Question: Hello,

I have a handfull of Shamrock Holly, Japanese Holly, Sand Cherry, Azela, and Crimson Barberry that May not get planted before the fall due to some construction delays. How can I get them through the winter? Currently they are all getting watered daily and are in their original Nursery containers.

Answer: Ideally, planting them would be the best, even if you end up needing to transplant them next spring. Another option would be to keep them in a sheltered location such as an unheated polyhouse just as a nursery might do. At home, you can try placing them in a spot sheltered from the wind and heaping a generous amount of shredded bark mulch around and over the pots. Do this well after freezing weather so that rodents have already found other homes, or they may nest in the mulch and feed on the plants. Finally, make sure the potting mix is kept moist until it freezes. Good luck with the plants!

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