Planting a Bios Urn over winter is possible
Winter is coming. While the most optimal times to plant the Bios Urn are in Spring and early fall, the Bios Urn can still be successfully planted in early and mid winter – with a few tips and tricks!
For those wanting to plant over winter, there are two ways to go about doing it: outdoor planting, and indoor planting. Indoor planting ensures the tree receives a moderate temperature, while also ensuring the proper doses of sunlight and water are given. Virtually any tree can be started indoors, in a Bios Incube, a planter or a similar fitting container with proper drainage. If you intend to start the Bios Urn indoors, less precautions need to be taken – and you can plant as you would normally. The only suggestion is choosing an appropriate tree species, and thinking long term. Will you be replanting the tree in the Spring? If so, any tree will do. Will you keep the tree in the container or planter for a long period? Then perhaps it would be wise to choose a fitting tree species which grows well in a container.
For outside planting, there are many things you can do to plant the Bios Urn successfully over winter. If you intend to plant over Winter, it is recommended to start off with a small seedling or sapling. If you would like to use seeds, then the process of Winter sowing will be necessary.
Protection and Prevention
- – Mulch. When planting over winter, or during colder months, it is best to use mulch around the seedlings. Mulching helps to enhance the soil, and over time as the mulch decomposes it releases nutrients into the soil and earth. When mulching, it’s best to mulch all around the seedling, but leave around 1/2 inch of space around the stem to allow for good circulation.
- – Water. It’s crucial to keep plants watered over Winter, as the moisture in the soil actually helps to retain heat! Wet soils prevent freeze to roots.
- – Protection. You can also add extra protection by wrapping the seedling or sapling in burlap, or a protective material (such as plastic, mesh, burlap, cloth, etc) on cold nights. It can be beneficial to add a chicken wire cage around the seedling or sapling, as an additional cold barrier. It’s best to remove the covers during the day and apply them as needed over nights, or during times of freeze.