About Crotton - Knowledgebase Question

Davenport, Fl
Question by lidmario11
January 15, 2010
I have many Crotton plans in my garden,3 feet tall.Days ago with very low temperatures I covered them with plastic. Now like burned.Any solution or I lost them.

Answer from NGA
January 15, 2010


I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news but plastic is probably the worst material you can use to cover a plant. Plastic holds in too much moisture, slows or stops fresh air exchange, and can intensify sunshine which can literally bake your plants. So next time frosty temperatures are predicted, cover your plants with old sheets or blankets or the spun polyester landscape fabric sold specifically for cold weather protection. As for your plants, wait a few weeks until you're sure the weather is warm and prune the damaged parts off your crotons. Pruning the dead leaves and stems will encourage healthy new growth. Good luck with your crotons.

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