The Q&A Archives: Spring Freeze

Question: We had a hard freeze and soome of my plants were already sprouting up(hosta's lillies,mums). The freeze got alot of the plants. Is there anything I can do for them. If I cut them back to the ground will they come back and bloom this year?

Answer: Most hardy perennial plants will survive a freeze just fine although the foliage may be slightly damaged or discolored. Often the flower buds have not begun to form yet and thus flowering would not be damaged at all.

In general, it is better to leave them alone until later in the season when all danger of frost has passed, and then remove any unsightly foliage if necessary. Be careful at that time not to damage any emerging flower buds.

In the meantime, the tips may provide a little bit of protection to the remaining portion of the plant in case there is another freeze.

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