MidWest Gardening forum: April frost/freeze

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Apr 4, 2012 9:43 AM CST
It happens every year, but are we ready for it? The unseasonably warm weather that we've been graced with lately has a lot of our plants very well developed and perhaps particularly susceptible to damage, especially regarding bud drop.

One thing that I do is to hook up my garden hoses. I've found that if I spray the frost off of my plants first thing in the morning before the sun hits the leaves, that frost damage is usually lessened.

So, if there are few plants that you're particularly worried about in the next few (predicted to be frosty) days, you might give it a try. I'll be blasting everything that the hose spray will reach for the next few mornings.

Does anyone else employ this method?

[Edited to add - please read additional posts in this thread before trying this method on your plants. The above post is only one person's observation and experience. Conditions and results in your garden may vary.]
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gardenersdetective
Apr 11, 2012 6:09 PM CST
Chelle there was a nursery on our local news today that uses watering as a Frost Protection Method. They water the garden thoroughly before nightfall. The soil will release moisture into the air around your plants during the night, keeping the air somewhat warmer. Might best be left to the professionals. I would be afraid to try it in my garden. I have decided not to cover everything with sheets and if it does frost I am going to give your method a try.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Apr 12, 2012 5:15 AM CST
Okay.

Perhaps it would be best to save this method for the professionals.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Apr 12, 2012 5:22 AM CST
Again down to 28 this morning I am afraid to go look Crying
Yesterday was bad enough . Ferns, Hostas and Lilies all took it the worst
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all else is just existing.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Apr 12, 2012 7:03 AM CST
Water in a container inside the seedling springhouse had a film of ice this morning; that's a first, at least with this latest batch of cold nights. I forgot to put a few trays of seedlings under cover last night; uh-oh.

What kind of lilies are those, Cinda? Will they still bloom?
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gardengus
Apr 13, 2012 6:41 AM CST
They are Asiatic lilies and I am not sure Confused
The oriental look worse their stems are drooping , so I guess they are goners.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 13, 2012 7:07 AM CST
I'm so sorry. Group hug


Our early-rising orange lilies get blackened every spring, but they still flower. They look like they're an Asiatic type, so there may yet be hope.
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Claudia
Apr 29, 2012 3:03 PM CST
The lilies may not bloom this year but the bulb will survive and grow next year.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Apr 29, 2012 8:13 PM CST
I hope not to forget where they are and plant over them.
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all else is just existing.

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