Caring for my plants - Knowledgebase Question

Rancho Cordova, Ca
Question by mosmisandee
December 8, 2009
Hi,
I really appreciate for the quick reply you gave me last time. I have another question this time. I live in Rancho Cordova(CA). We've been having a very cold weather (25 degree) & also a bit snowy ice these days. I am worried that my plnats will die due to that. I have Jasmines, Gardenias, Citrus, Lavendars & philodendron.Could you please suggest me on how do I protect them? Thank you,- Mosmi


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Answer from NGA
December 8, 2009

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I'm happy we've been able to help you in the past. Feel free to drop by anytime!

25 degrees is mighty cold for Rancho Cordova! I'm sure a lot of your landscape shrubs will be damagec so you'll want to do some remedial pruning in the early spring when the temperatures warm up again. Most plants will recover, especially after you prune away the winter damage. You can try to protect your tender plants by draping them with old sheets or blankets or by purchasing the frost-shield blankets sold at garden centers. The key is to remove them each morning when the sun peaks out. If you leave the protective blankets on in the sunshine, the plants can cook so remove them as soon as the temperature gets above freezing and before the sunshine has a chance to bake the plants. Philodendron, gardenia, jasmine and citrus are the most frost sensitive (in that order) but lavender can take the cold without dying completely back. Cover all your plants in the evening after the sun goes down and cover them up overnight when frost is predicted. Wait until springtime to prune off any winter damage. Good luck with your plants!

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