October 18, 2016

Storing My Tropical Plants for the Winter

Cold weather preparations are in full swing in my greenhouses.

Now that it’s autumn, everyone at the farm is busy moving all the tropical plants back into the heated greenhouses where they will spend the cold, winter months. Plants that spent the summer at Skylands, my home in Maine, or at Lily Pond in East Hampton, were all brought back to Bedford for storage. Most of them are kept in one of two hoop houses designated specifically for these warm weather specimens. They are all thriving, and have grown quite well in the last year - some grew too big for their pots, and needed to be removed, trimmed, and repotted into slightly larger containers. It’s a tedious process to put all these container plants away, but a very important one that keeps all my plants healthy.

How do you prepare your plants for the cold season? Let me know in the comments section below. Enjoy these photos. Remember, you can still purchase Martha Stewart American Made tickets for October 22nd in New York City - just click on the highlighted link.