When the weather turns colder, freezing temps can damage or even kill your precious plants. Some plants can tolerate freezing better than others, these plants are classified as “hardy”. Plants who are more sensitive to frost are aptly classified as “tender” plants.
Experienced gardeners consider all environmental possibilities prior to planting new plants. For example, a tender plant should never be planted in low elevation or exposed landscapes where they are more susceptible to bitter cold nights.
However, there are still more steps you can take to protect your planted friends from Jack Frost.
- Water – Wet soil holds heat better than dry soil.
- Tuck them in – In the evening, cover plants with an old bedsheet, drop cloth or, our favorite, the Easy Gardener’s Plant Protection blanket. These coverings can help keep warm air in and cold air out. You will need to remove the covering the following morning.
- Spray On Amor – Bonide’s Wilt Stop spray creates an amor that keeps moisture in. One application works for 3 months.
Despite taking these steps, if you see signs of frost damage (shriveled foliage or black or brown leaves) don’t do anything just yet. Wait until the weather warms in March and look for any new growth. Plants are very resilient and you may be able to prune out damaged branches once you see new growth.
Stop by Friedman’s to pick up your Easy Gardener’s Plant Protection blanket or Wilt Stop and ease your worry about leaving your plants out in the cold.