Conifers are hardy plants and usually do not need special protection. However, special caution applies to young plants and conifers planted in tubs.Conifers lose a lot of moisture through the needles
Conifers (pinales) have long adapted to the seasons. Larger trees, conifers with an existing and grown root ball, as well as thuja planted for longer do not need any additional protection to survive cold winters.
Young conifers and freshly planted trees, on the other hand, need some protection before winter. We will explain how your conifer can survive the winter.
Winter conifers in the wild
Older conifers that have been planted for several months and are well rooted do not need any protection to survive even the coldest winter months. However, it is necessary to give them water in between. If the winter is very dry, you should use frost-free days and water the soil. The evergreen conifers in particular lose moisture through the needles, which they can hardly compensate for in dry winters.
Younger plants, young conifers and specimens planted in autumn, on the other hand, need protection against frost. It is best to cover the needles with fleece and put a jute sack over the conifer. The conifer can breathe through the pores of the sack, and there is no condensation under the hood, which could make the conifer mold. Cover the soil around the trunk with leaves, brushwood and straw.
" Tip: Young plants in the garden also need to be watered in dry winters. However, be sure to water the conifers only on frost-free days.
Winter conifers in a bucket
Conifers planted in tubs can remain outdoors all year round. It is not necessary that you put them in the basement or garage. Since even hardy tub plants have fewer protection options against the cold and frost, you must ensure that the plants are not damaged.
Protect young plants particularly well
Basically, you can follow the care tips for young conifers. If the container plant has been in the container for a few years and cut it back regularly, you can do without the protective fleece and the jute sack. Otherwise, wrap the fleece around the needle-like branches again and put a jute sack over the conifer.
Protect soil from cold
It is more important to protect the soil from the winter cold. If possible, raise the bucket a little higher. You can do this by placing logs or a thick layer of styrofoam under the bucket. Bubble wrap has proven itself to protect the earth from freezing. Simply wrap the film directly around the bucket. Cover the earth around the trunk with straw, brushwood or old leaves.
" Tip: If you don't have any leaves, you can also put a thick layer of sawdust on the ground and cover it with straw. Feel free to use the shavings from the animal supplies. Straw, covered with bubble wrap or weighted with stones, also protects the earth from frost.
Don't forget to pour!
Container plants do not have the luxury of drawing moisture from the deep soil. Therefore, many container plants die in winter. Check regularly whether the soil still has moisture and water it on frost-free days. Always keep in mind that evergreen conifers lose moisture through the needle dress even in the harshest winter.