Tree ferns - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
Question by tracyhdsouth
January 9, 2010
How can I protect large tree ferns from freezing temperatures? They are in huge containers too large to move so I have been wrapping trunks in towels and covering fronds with sheets. Should I water or not and when? Thanks! Tracy

Answer from NGA
January 9, 2010


What you are doing sounds like just the right way to protect your tree ferns. The good new is that freezing temperatures last only an hour or two in Florida so no major damage is usually done. Fronds are the first to show damage; roots are next. If you haven't already, try wrapping the containers with blankets or burlap to help protect the roots of your tree ferns. You can water as usual - in the mornings so the soil has a chance to drain well prior to nightfall. Let's hope these cold snaps move on soon!

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