Protecting plants during cold snaps

Protecting plants from cold weather.
Protecting plants from cold weather.(WTVY)
Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Winter weather can be a threat to colorful gardens, but there are some things you can do to keep some plants and flowers safe.

Most trees and shrubs like apple, pecan, and peach trees and flowers including azaleas and roses like and need the cold weather, but that’s not the case for summer annual plants.

It is suggested to water these plants well ahead of a cold snap and place a sheet over plants to keep the worst of the cold off.

The frost could severely damage or even kill them.

Wrapping them in Christmas lights can also help keep them warm.

This rule applies to citron, lime, lemon trees.

“All of these pretty flowers leftover from the summer, your lantana your caladium, petunias that stuff that’s really pretty right now because it’s been warm for so long that stuff it ain’t going to make it through tonight. It’s going to get too cold and it’s not a whole lot you can do about that because those are warm-weather annuals,” says Dothan Nurseries owner JD Boone.

Remember to remove coverings from plants when temperatures rise above freezing.

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