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Haxnicks Small Fleece Jacket
Author Name: superness11
Haxnicks Small Fleece Jacket
Advantages: easy to fit
Disadvantages: tear easily
Certain plants do not the cold, in fact most of them don't but the main issue that could kill your plants is frost. Unfortunately I do not have a greenhouse big enough to move all my plants in and some of the pots are quite heavy. In order to keep my plants protects I have three haxnicks Small Easy Fleece Jackets. I use them for my ferns and a small olive tree. The fleece jackets are not like the fleece that most people know, it is not a soft fluffy material but something similar to plastic bags. Fleece is made from polypropylene fibres and is ideal for allowing light, air and water through. Unlike regular plastic sheeting (cheaper option) it regulates the temperature and allows the plants to breath as well as gives them protection.
The little jackets are designed to cover small to medium patio pots. One end is sealed and the other has a draw string fastener to keep the bag in place. They are easy to pop on and easily than the fleece sheets that involve you making a frame to fasten them. The only plant that causes me a bit of grief is a small palm as I have to fold the leaves carefully inside, I doubt whether next year it will even fit in this bag anymore. These are really easy to manage, once the danger of frost is over you can fold up the bags and reuse them the following year. Or in the case of this year, you will be bagging them and then un-bagging them every two weeks! It is not advisable to leave the bags on for the duration of the winter as it can make the plants too damp.
The fleece material is thicker than some of the other fleeces I have encountered before but it still rips just as easily. You need to take care putting them off as a stray branch can penetrate the delicate fibres and cause a tear. I have had to throw one of the fleeces away as I clumsily broke it but I have three good ones left and they are really good. The fleece does last well in the elements although if snow is quite heavy it should be brushed off as it will not do the plant any favours to be underneath this.
You can get a four pack for around £6 and they are stocked in garden centres.
Treat these well and they will look after your plants.
Summary: Protects your plants
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