NE FL cold damaged palms, lime and bird of paradise - Knowledgebase Question

st augustine, Fl
Question by psmurphy44
February 7, 2009
We planted sago, foxtail and queen palms this fall and the trees were damaged by the recent overnight temperatures that got between 25-32 degrees. The leaves are brown is there any hope and how do we save? We also have bird of paradise that turned brown? Our lime tree we covered but the leaves are curling? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
February 7, 2009


I think almost everyone in Florida is dealing with frost damaged plants this year. The best thing to do is to wait a few weeks just to be sure the winter weather is gone, then prune back all the damaged plants. Most will have suffered only cosmetic damage and will be able to replace dead fronds and branches later in the spring. Continue to give your plants good care and they should recover. Best wishes with your landscape!

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