Freezing temperatures usually mark the end of the growing season, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your potted plants die. Depending on where you live, some of your potted plants might survive just by bringing them into your garage, greenhouse, or basement during the cold overnight temperatures. For those living in the southern regions of the county, it is important to replace your potted plants outside for some much needed sunshine. If you live farther north, where it is possible for daytime temperatures to stay below freezing, you will want to make sure that your potted plants stay indoors all winter.
There are a few plants, such as buganvilias, which thrive in tropical-like climates but will survive the harsh reality of winter if brought into a cool, dark place, such as a basement. Although these plants may loose all of their leaves in these dark conditions, when spring returns, your plants will more than likely spring back to life. Those in the south have the privilege of enjoying blossoms outdoors if plants, such as pansies, are planted in protected areas.
If your favorite summertime plants are in the ground and not a pot, there is some hope in keeping them alive longer into the season. If frost or freeze conditions are expected in your area overnight, you will want to protect those sensitive plants. Cover them with blankets rather than with plastic, as plastic can trap the cold air under it, causing more damage.