Last Updated on August 16, 2023 by Real Men Sow
It is now time to prepare for how to care for your bog garden in winter. When your bog plants start to turn brown, which is usually after the first hard freeze, you should trim the excess foliage and dispose of any decaying material so that the water quality does not suffer over the winter months.
Thalia dealbata and Hardy Pickerel should be planted deep enough so that the crown doesn’t freeze. The majority of perennial hardy marginal plants are able to be left as they were growing during the season. They will then return in the spring.
General Care for Bog Garden In Winter
Mulching pine needles with water would work just fine. Your plants will be more protected from cold because they are located in a simulated Bog Garden in your yard.
To protect your plants from low temperatures, you can make up the zone differences by mulching or using plastic tarps in the winter. You can wait for the plants’ dormancy to occur first. This will ensure that they don’t die due to lack of light. Then, mulch them before extreme cold sets in.
Tropical Bog Plants
You can bring tropical bog plants in to keep them alive over the winter by placing them in a tray with water and a full spectrum light. You don’t need to submerge the plants in water. Just make sure that the soil is constantly moistened.
Taros and Cannas
You can also winterize Cannas and Taros by placing the tubers in peat in a dark, cool place that doesn’t freeze. After the plants have succumbed to frost damage or freeze damage, remove the dead leaves and soil from the tubers.
Let them dry for a day and then place them in slightly moistened peat until you are ready to plant again in the spring. You should check them regularly over the winter months to ensure they don’t dry out or become moldy.