How to Protect Plants from Frost

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How to Protect Plants from Frost


When the temperatures start dropping below 40 degrees, it is time to consider bringing in or covering cold-sensitive plants for protection from frost damage if possible because not all plants are created equal.


Ways to Protect Plants from Frost Damage


You can begin by purchasing tightknit blankets and comforters from thrift shops if you haven’t saved your old stained and damaged ones in plastic garbage bags for just such a purpose.




Plastic that comes in contact with leaves will transfer cold and cause damage, so unless you have a barrier between the plastic and the plant, only use it as a last resort knowing  that the outer leaves and branches will probably be damaged.  Materials such as Afghans that are loosely woven provide little protection from the cold, so think more of the wind being able to pass through.



Once you have your insulating material, it is time to apply it.  If your plants are sturdy, you can tie it directly to branches with twine or cord.




If your plants are not sturdy, then it is time to get creative.  For large plants, step ladders or hand carts work effectively; for small plants - chairs, lawn mowers, wheel barrows or even old signs can work.  When tying, you may have to double up your sheets to get proper coverage and density.




For smaller plants you can cover with pots or buckets that have been made secure.


Also remember that along with the cold there is usually wind, so make sure light weight items are secure!   Ladders can tip over, and blankets or sheets can blow off or come loose so consider using rebar (metal rods) to secure ladders, and bricks or rocks for extra weight on the blankets and buckets. 


If your plants should receive cold damage, resist the urge to trim off the affected areas until your are absolutely sure there will be no more cold for the season as the dead areas will provide some insulation from future cold.



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Bruce Walter
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Kwee, some very creative "tepee" type coverings to protect those bushes/trees from the very cold weather you are having!  It has dipped to 17 below zero in West Lafayette and we have had wind chills in excess of 35 below zero so far this winter. 

Stay warm, Kwee!

Jan 21, 2014 10:30 AM #1
Bill & Cyndi Daves
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Hmmm we're expecting wind chills tonight at -1!!!  Not normal for this area at all.  But I also remember 40's in Florida and it felt about like it will here tonight.  :-)

Stay warm!

Jan 21, 2014 10:34 AM #2
Kwee Huset
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Hi Bruce, we have mango, star fruit and several tropical fruit trees are cold-sensitive so my husband had to cover them up. 40 below is too cold for me. I hope your fire place will warm up your home.

Jan 21, 2014 10:45 AM #3
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
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Hi Bill & Cyndi, good to see you again. Take care in this cold weather.

Jan 21, 2014 10:47 AM #4
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Kwee, keeping the plants protected is so important. Thank you for the good tips.

Jan 21, 2014 12:18 PM #5
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Thanks Lisa.

Jan 21, 2014 12:28 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, Kwee.  Might need some of this advice tonight.

Jan 21, 2014 09:59 PM #7
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
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Kwee, these are some very good tips, particularly the one where you can use step-ladders and then cover them with blankets. Great idea. 

Jan 22, 2014 06:57 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those are some very strange looking covers but you got to do what you got to do, Kwee.

Jan 22, 2014 11:59 AM #9
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I think this is a great post Kwee that would give homeowners an idea of what to do with household items if they were not otherwise prepared!

Jan 23, 2014 02:00 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kwee, hope you don't have to go out and cover your plants too often!   We have to in the Fall when the plants are still blooming and we get early snow/frost.

Jan 23, 2014 09:58 PM #11
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Kwee, I'm sure some folks don't know that by simply covering a plant overnight may well save it from freezing.  I may not look pretty, but it does work.

Jan 24, 2014 07:26 AM #12
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Kwee, "landscaping" around here definitely changes once it gets down to almost freezing temperatures.  I had to "pack baba the bananas mthanks are growing on my trees and brought in a lot of potted plants.

Jan 27, 2014 08:02 AM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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It's good to protect the ground they are in too, so don't forget to add some insulation at ground level.  I hear you're expecting some snow!  I hope it won't last long.

Jan 27, 2014 11:42 AM #14
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Wow- Kwee - we do things like that when we are trying to save the last of the tomatoes in October from their early demise  -  You need to do it in the middle of the winter!  Good luck with the cold...

Jan 31, 2014 10:31 AM #15
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