protecting plants during a freeze - Knowledgebase Question

Sarasota, Fl
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Question by macrelmar
January 10, 2010
what procedure should i use before and during a freeze?

Answer from NGA
January 10, 2010
The quickest method of frost protection is to cover your vulnerable plants (anything tropical) in the early evening, before temperatures plummet. If overnight freeze is predicted, cover your plants with old sheets, blankets or insulated frost blankets you can find in garden centers. Usually the below freezing temperatures last only an hour or two in Florida - long enough to do cosmetic damage to plants but short enough that major root damage is usually avoided. Be sure to remove the protective coverings in the morning just after the sun comes up. If you leave the coverings on in direct sunshine, your plants can bake. Good luck with your landscape!

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