Cold-Protect Your Plants: Very useful Tip

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Cold-Protect Your Plants

By ShadyGreenThumb
January 27, 2014

When a rare freeze hits the Southern states, simple covers, such as sheets, may not be enough. Take a few extra steps to protect the most tender Tropical plants in the yard.

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jan 26, 2014 6:26 PM CST
Thanks for the Protection Tip. I have many, many empty moving boxes that I paid for and don't want to throw out or give up to recycling yet. And they are already flatten with both ends open, ready to use for something like this; Great idea, Shady!
Name: Anna
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Jan 26, 2014 9:14 PM CST
Like the use of leaves and bungee cords. I tip my hat to you.
I did something similar but for different reasons. I was filling a large box (instead of bags) with leaves. I put a few pots in to hold it down and I was amazed how well it insulated the plants. Even after 20 degree weather they were still green!
Name: Cheryl
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Jan 27, 2014 1:08 AM CST
I have read where others use large plastic bags around the plant filled with leaves. I think it's the leaves' insulating quality working here. Unless, like one of my boxes, it blows over on Friday night! Angry I even placed rocks on top because it was so windy. It looks like 2 large cordyline/Ti Plants will have to start growing all over again. Crying
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jan 27, 2014 7:17 AM CST
Great Idea, thanks.
To help the box not get blown over by wind, open the bottom flaps and lay them flat on the ground, poke a few holes and insert Landscape Fabric Pins, either plastic or metal through the flap and into the ground. It's not a perfect solution, but it helps until the winds get too strong.
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Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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Jan 27, 2014 7:54 AM CST
And, after the box is a bit worn out, put it down on an area where you want to start a new planting bed. Put some Mulch on top of it. Will kill what is growing under it & turn to mulch itself.

I also save the plastic "pillows" (that come as fill in packages) to fill in around plants.
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Jan 27, 2014 10:44 AM CST
too late. my sansevieras are already dead.

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