Gardeners Prepping Plants For Cold Snap

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gardeners are prepping their plants for cooler temperatures by covering them with sheets or taking them indoors.

"It's worth it if you're wanting to hold on to your color and stuff for a while. If you're done, let it be and just let nature take its course," said Lisa Folds, gardener.

Her garden is filled with begonias and impatiens. She used old bed sheets to cover them up before the temperatures drop overnight.

"These are finally looking so good right now because the weather's gotten cooler, and they like that cooler weather a lot better than they did this hot summer. I'd like to hang on to those for a little bit," she said.

Gardeners at Johnson's Garden Center recommend that landscape plants be protected with sheets that are porous, to keep the warmth underneath yet keep the air flowing. They say watering heavily the night before and then spraying the plants down in the morning, can bring temperatures up and may prevent some damage from the possible freeze.

"If we were in the mid 20s, that's probably not a good option. Around 30 degrees, spraying down with water can be effective," said Jeremy Johnson, president of Johnson's Garden Center.

Johnson also recommends that potted house plants be taken indoors as soon as possible.

"It's the plants in our patio planters, in our garden, our vegetable plants, those are the plants that can be damaged with the cold," he said.

If you bring your plants indoors, Johnson recommends having plenty of light available and consistent amount of moisture for the plants. Also, avoid putting plants near vents where they can get dried out and keep an eye out for insects.

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