As Florida experiences record cold temperatures this week, we want to remind you about protecting the four P’s – people, pipes, pets, and plants. And, we can tell you a little bit more about protecting your plants from the cold weather. When you know a frost or freeze is coming, it’s time to protect the plants you’ve nurtured so carefully.
- Plants in containers can be moved into the garage or any other structure where heat can be supplied or trapped.
- In the landscape, low-growing plants may benefit from warmth held in the soil, and mulch helps to keep the heat in.
- Fabric covers, like cloth sheets or quilts, can also trap ground heat, as long as they extend to the ground and are anchored to prevent them from blowing off in high winds.
- A lamp or other heat source which is safe and appropriate for outdoors can provide added warmth under the cover.
- Remember to remove covers early in the day once the danger of frost has passed.
Check out the following Gardening in a Minute shows for more cold protection info.
- Preparing the Landscape for Cold Weather
- Cold Protection Myths
- Protecting Your Plants from Cold
- Protecting Citrus from Cold
And, once the cold weather has passed through, you might want to check out these shows also.
Check out Protecting Ornamental Plants from the Cold for more cold protection information.