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Hibernate shrub veronica - How to get the plant through the cold season


The shrub veronica is very robust and resistant in summer. However, optimal frost protection is important in the cold season, because the plant is not hardy.

The shrub veronica (Hebe) is rather small and inconspicuous at the beginning. With proper care and under the optimal conditions, some varieties can also grow into large shrubs that offer a special eye catcher in the front yard.

The shrub veronica is very flexible in terms of location in summer. For example, it grows:

  • outdoors
  • in the planter
  • in the flower box
  • on the windowsill

With the right climate and light conditions, the plants in the summer quarters will develop well and bloom diligently. If the temperatures drop, the plants need our help because they want to move to a suitable winter quarters.

The shrub veronica in winter

In the cold season, the shrub veronica literally shifts down a gear. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are falling and the plants are slowing down. During this time, the shrub veronica is watered less frequently. The winter quarters can have temperatures of around ten degrees. However, the thermometer should not drop below five degrees. Light is particularly important for the evergreen plants in the winter quarters. The plants only survive well in winter if there is sufficient brightness.

" Tip: The colder the location, the less the shrub veronica needs to be watered.

Different wintering options

The shrub veronica hibernate outdoors

Although differences between the individual species can be made and small-leaved varieties prove to be more robust, the shrub veronica definitely cannot be described as hardy. Night frosts can already occur in autumn. Then it's time to move to the winter quarters.

For this purpose, the plants are taken out of the ground and placed in a planter in order to then spend the winter in a bright but not too warm room in the house.

In regions with more favorable climates, it is also possible to try to overwinter the shrub veronica outdoors. So that the plants do not freeze to death, they are covered with leaves and brushwood. Spruce twigs offer good protection against cold and frost due to the dense needling. The spruce needles, which slowly fall off in spring, are an advantage for the plants. In this way, the shrub veronica can slowly adapt to the changing lighting conditions and rising temperatures.

Hibernate the shrub veronica in the planter

As a container plant, the shrub veronica is an asset to the garden and terrace. Already in the summer it became clear that potted plants require more maintenance than outdoor plants. They had to water more and also ensure a constant supply of nutrients during the growth phase. So that the shrub veronica in the bucket does not become a problem child in winter, it is important to react in good time. When temperatures drop below eight degrees at night, it's time to move to the winter quarters.

There the plants should be bright and hibernate at about ten degrees. If the light source is not sufficient, you can help with a special plant spotlight. This is placed directly in the plant, creates pleasant, indirect lighting and provides the plant with the necessary brightness. The container plant also appreciates a high level of humidity in winter and should therefore be sprayed regularly.

Hibernate the shrub veronica in the balcony box

Low-growing species are an ornament for the planter. Since flower boxes are usually not placed directly on the ground, they are less susceptible to cold and frost than the container plant. If the temperatures drop below freezing, it is also time for the balcony box to be brought into the house. The plants can remain in the balcony box, provided a suitable location can be found. For space-saving storage, it is advisable to convert the shrub veronica into smaller planters and then set them up separately.

Hibernate the shrub veronica as a houseplant

If the shrub veronica was used as an ornament on the windowsill in the living room in summer, this can be expensive for the plant in winter. In an overheated living room, the plants may not survive the winter. During the heating season, a suitable location for the plants should be found in a bright but not heated room. In the stairwell or unheated conservatory, the plants can survive well in winter. Sufficient light is important. At values ​​below 1,500 lux, artificial plant emitters should be used.

Avoid maintenance errors in the winter quarters

  • too dark a location = leaf fall
  • a too warm location = dried leaves
  • dry heating air = brown leaf margins
  • Humidity too low = dry and curled leaves
  • Temperatures below five degrees = plant freezes
  • too much irrigation water = rotting due to waterlogging

Care mistakes in winter and their consequences

  • Discoloration of the leaves
  • yellowed leaves
  • leaf fall
  • root rot
  • Diseases
  • pest infestation

This is what the ideal winter quarters for shrub veronica look like: