Protecting Plants Against a Freeze

Most native plants will tolerate a light frost once they have become established (about a year after installation). If you have newly installed plants, you will want to protect your plants in a hard freeze. Even native and adapted plants could even be affected by temps below 32 degrees. Signs of freeze damage are: tender new growth and even evergreen leaves will wilt and turn brown. (The plant in the above image is a phenomenon called a frost flower, when the sap of a plant expands). Container plants Since the roots will be exposed to the dropping temperature more so than those protected by soil, you’ll either need to cover or bring these plants inside until it’s back above freezing. Ev

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