Expect More Low Temperatures Overnight

With the temperatures expected to dip into the low 30's, it is important to know how to protect your plants from the cold.

With freeze warnings across Alabama, and even parts of the Panhandle Wednesday night, the most important step in plant preservation may not be obvious.

John David Boone, with Dothan Nurseries said, "The first thing you want to do when it gets cold is first determine how cold it's getting. I don’t know, it's gonna’ be 32 or 33 and the first and easiest thing to do is make sure everything is really watered well. That will help to make it through."

Boone says pansies, snap dragons and mums handle the cold best and can tolerate temperatures as low as the teens and twenties.

Spring annuals are types that may be affected by freezes.

Boone added, "Begonias, Petunias, stuff like that is gonna’ get nipped a little bit tonight, maybe get burnt on the edges of the leaves, but that's not a big deal you can go pick that off and it'll get some new growth pretty quick."

During the coldest winter months, deciding which material to cover your plants with, really boils down to personal preference. Boone says plastic works fine, but some people prefer sheets to allow better breathing, especially on bedding plants.

Boone concluded, "If we were getting into the 20's, maybe your citrus plants, stuff like that, you may want to cover up, but the big thing is to make sure everything is well watered."

Evergreen shrubs such as holly and camellia thrive the best in winter. They can live in both sun and partial shade, and can handle single digit temperatures.

Vibrant red holly berries, and red, pink and white camellia flowers prove that the winter months can be just as colorful as spring.

Nurseries say the best time to plant evergreens is late summer to early fall.


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