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Dec 28, 2017 3:15 PM CST
So I'm taking care of my grass in a pot and noticed today, the soil is frozen. Should I water it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Dec 28, 2017 4:15 PM CST
You can but the water will freeze on top of the frozen rootball until the rootball thaws enough to absorb the water. Until then, you will have a layer of ice on top of the soil. I do it all the time, my theory being that frozen plants need water but I'm not going to stand there and wait for an unfrozen day.
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Dec 28, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Okay. I water my grass every 2 days so i'll water it tomorrow. Thank You!

Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Dec 28, 2017 10:07 PM CST
@KingPlant, welcome to the site! Welcome!
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Dec 29, 2017 3:11 PM CST
@joannakat Thank You! Smiling
Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Dec 29, 2017 11:38 PM CST
I wouldn't water a frozen plant. A frozen plant can't use water anyway, as it's basically dormant.

I'm in CA zone 9b and my blooming bougainvillea isn't drying out because it's staying cool during the day, and getting down close to frost on some nights. It's just not warm enough or dry enough, even in my dry weather, for it to dry out enough to need water.

My dormant Zuni crepe myrtle tree needs no water at all right now.

My freesia bulbs have only been lightly sprinkled once in the last few weeks, just when the top 1/2" or so of soil in the outdoor pot dried out.

If the soil feels moist, which it probably will if things are frozen, I don't see any benefit to watering.

In fact, if there is a bunch of frozen water sitting on top of the soil in a pot or on the ground, when it warms up, that plant will end up soggy and cold. And that's rarely a good thing - if ever.

Just my experience.

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