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If you've stored any plants in your basement over the winter, it's time to start thinking about waking them up for the spring. ...
Find out how to wake up your plants without inadvertently injuring them.
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How to Wake Up Your Plants For Spring
Hi, I’m David Epstein. This is Growing Wisdom. Today we’re going to talk about waking up some of those plants you may have stored all winter in the garage or the basement. I’ve got some alocasia here. I’ve actually got a banana plant here. These have been down stairs in the basement, no light, very chilly down on the 5th East basically going dormant all winter long. It’s now time to wake them up but go outside another couple of months but I want to begin to wake them up. Here's the key.
This is still alive. The roots survivable underneath. I can't give it a lot of water. It’s not really growing. If you over water this at the beginning they will rot and you’ll kill the plant. All that hard work keep them alive all winter will be for not. So what you want to do as you wake this up, two things I’d like to do. I cut the tips back a little bit if there's any rot or in this case you can see this is sort of gooky. I cut that back to where it feels solid.
If the solid seems a little compact, I like to just mix it up with my hands a little bit, it’ll help aerated and help water to get down into the root zone. Then I slowly give them a little bit of water, maybe a cup, a cup and a half for this pot this big and that’s it. I’ll weight about a week, I’ll give it a little more and I’ll slowly keep the soil slightly moist.
Once I start seeing a little bit of growth on the tips, then I can begin to water a little more. Same thing with the banana plants. You don’t want to water them too quickly, slowly wake them up. If after three or four weeks you see no growth, pull the plant out, check the roots, be sure that the plant hasn’t died over the winter. That can happen but I’m very confident that this are still alive and it won't be too long before they look like this and this is one of those plants I stored upstairs all winter long. You notice how beautiful the lives are but sometimes you just don’t have enough room so things have to go in the basement.
Waking up your plants for spring, one of our many tips here at Growing Wisdom.