When is the best time to move your plants?
The best time to move plants depends on the type of plant and the climate in your area. In general, it is best to move plants during their dormant period, which is typically in the autumn or winter for most plants. This is because the plant is not actively growing and will be less stressed during the move. If the plant is in a container, it can be moved at any time of the year. However, it is best to avoid moving plants during extreme hot or cold weather conditions. It is also important to make sure the plant is well-watered before and after the move to minimize stress.
There are several ways to create a plant shelter, depending on the size and type of plant you are protecting. Here are a few options:
- Cold frames: These are simple structures that can be used to protect plants from frost and cold temperatures. They can be made using old windows or plastic sheeting and are typically placed over the plants in the fall.
- Cloches: These are small plastic or glass covers that can be placed over individual plants to protect them from frost.
- Hot caps: These are similar to cloches but are used to protect plants from heat instead of cold. They can be made using a variety of materials, such as plastic milk jugs or paper cups.
- Greenhouses: These are larger structures that can be used to protect plants from both cold and heat. When moving larger plants potting them up first and growing them in a greenhouse to create additional root growth before planting in the final position can be helpful. They can be made using a variety of materials, such as plastic sheeting or glass.
- Grow Tunnel: It’s a simple structure that can be made with PVC pipes and plastic sheeting, it can be used to protect plants from frost, pests, and wind.
- Barrier and windbreak sheeting: if you are moving plants in a windy area using a windbreak or barrier sheeting can be useful to reduce wind speed than in turn reduces water loss from the plants reducing stress.
It’s important to remember that regardless of the type of shelter you choose, it should be ventilated to prevent overheating and to promote healthy growth.