Winterization of Container Plants

Oleander
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Now an uncomfortable time begins for southern container plants. They tolerate no or only light frost and should be brought to its winter quarters in time.

Particularly sensitive species such as Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Mallow must move first, before temperatures fall permanently below 47°F (8°C) .
Most of the other ones need to get inside before the first frost hits. If 
temperatures fall below 41°F (5°C), or permafrost is threatening, it is also time for Lily, Oleander, Fig, Rosemary, Laurel and Olive to be brought inside. For those varieties a light freeze does not harm but rather benefit them. A few days with frost strengthens their vitality and decimates pests.

Remove bruised or dry shoots. A back cut should only be made if the crowns do not fit into winter storage. But in this case, cut only as far as necessary.
Ideal winter quarters are bright and cool locations. The care is limited to watering low - only that the root ball does not dry out. Also watch for pests.

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