Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Fruit Tree Pruning Lecture and Demonstration
Certified arborist Rick Wheeler will discuss and demonstrate winter pruning of fruit trees on Sunday, January 16, at 1 p.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula. For information, call (310) 544-1948, or go to:

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Plants From Frost
Move dish cacti and succulents and potted trees under cover for protection from cold and rain. For overnight protection when frost threatens, cover bougainvilleas, fuchsias, hibiscus, and other subtropicals with large cardboard boxes; or drape old sheets or tarps on stakes over them.

Protect citrus from cold damage by wrapping the tree trunks in newspaper and covering the foliage with plastic sheeting. Cold soil and dry winds can cause the rinds of ripening fruit to develop bleached blotches, and leaves to turn yellow where the sun strikes.

Provide temporary light shade or plastic sheeting to protect the southwest side of the plant from chilling winds. Be sure it doesn't touch the foliage, as this may increase frost damage. With the cover, you're creating an air envelope that serves as a buffer. Any point of contact will conduct the cold straight through to the plant and freeze it.


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