Glossy medlars outdoors are hardy and do not need cold protection. However, medlars in the bucket need some protection to survive the cold season.Glossy medlars in the bucket need protection in winter While the glossy medlar in the soil can withstand even very harsh winters with temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius, it can be damaged as a container or pot plant. Young plants also need their own protection so that they do not die in winter. If the cold season is approaching, take care of suitable winter protection. This is the only way to enjoy a wonderfully blooming loquat next year.
The dangers in winter
Container plants cannot fall back on a deep root system that is available to plants that are exposed outdoors. Of course, this also applies to the medlar, if you pull them in a pot or a bucket. The soil dries out relatively quickly during a long dry period. If the sun is shining, evergreen plants are particularly affected. The water in the leaves evaporates due to the heat of the sun, which can no longer be replaced due to the dry soil. The result: frost damage. It is therefore particularly important that you protect your glossy medlar as a container plant in winter.
How to overwinter
In the case of an older loquat that has been lingering in the pot for a few years, you must first of all ensure that there is enough moisture. Water the plant in winter once the top layer of soil has dried. It is important that you water only on frost-free days if possible and ensure that excess water can drain off. The soil in the bucket often freezes completely at temperatures just below 0 degrees Celsius. In this case, casting is no longer possible.
To prevent the bucket from freezing, you can provide additional protection in early winter:
➜ Put a layer of styrofoam under the bucket. Alternatively, it helps to place the bucket on two wooden blocks.
➜ Wrap the bucket with fleece. You can also use bubble wrap. The warm air remains through the layers near the bucket and does not escape.
➜ Now put straw or hay in the space. You can also protect the root area with straw, leaves or hay.
Ruhig Put a few stones on the root ball so that the protection is not removed in the wind.
Older plants do not necessarily need their own protection that protects the foliage. However, this is the case with young plants. You should also protect them in the upper area with fleece. For older plants you can go this route if you are not at home for a few days and cannot guarantee the watering. The winter sun does not penetrate the leaves through the fleece, so that the moisture cannot escape.
Always remove the blade guard when the night temperatures are not in the minus range. The glossy loquat needs light and air to survive the winter.