ice on jasmine - Knowledgebase Question

winter park, Fl
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Question by shelley4biz
January 11, 2010
my neighbor ran his sprinkler during 29 degree weather and the overspray formed ice on my asiatic jasmine groundcover. will it survive?

Answer from NGA
January 11, 2010
Your jasmine may be in better shape with a protective layer of ice than it might be without any protection at all during the freezing weather. As a matter of fact, citrus growers regularly run sprinklers in their orchards when freezing temperatures are predicted. The ice actually protects the leaves from the dessicating effects of the weather. I think your jasmine will be fine. If you discover frost damage later this spring, you can simply prune it off. New growth will emerge and you'll barely remember the winter weather!

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