Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Double Wrap Those Holiday Plants

décembre 24
Plant sleeves are pretty, but of little help against the cold. You should at least be able to fold the top over and staple it shut!

Thinking of offering a gift plant during your holiday visits? It’s a great idea: who wouldn’t like to receive a beautiful flowering plant as a gift? And live plants last longer than cut flowers. But, in many areas, this is also the coldest time of the year and you have to think of how to wrap to the plants up correctly so they can survive the cold. After all, even a few seconds in subfreezing air can do some damage.

If you have a choice, paper wrapping is best, because paper insulates better against the cold than plastic, but plastic wrap will do if the outdoor temperature is moderate: at freezing or slightly below. But if it’s really bitterly cold outdoors, even paper may not be enough, so insert the wrapped plants into a larger plastic bag. Now blow into the second bag and seal: your plants will stay toasty and warm during their trip to their new home.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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