Freeze Warning In The Mid-South: Protect Your Plants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Parts of the Mid-South will go into a cold snap Tuesday night into Wednesday.  A freeze warning is in effect from 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night until Noon Wednesday. 

Local 24 talked to the owners at Country Gardens in Cordova. They have already taken precautionary measures to ensure their vegetation doesn't get ruined.

Lori McDaniel, Co-Owner of Country Gardens, has covered her plants with frost-proof blankets and she and her husband have placed a lot of the plants in a warmer room in preparation for the colder temperatures. 

McDaniel says a rule of thumb for Memphis is to not plant any vegetation or herbs in the ground until after April 15th that's the freeze date for Memphis.

You can start putting ferns and plants in pots that are easy to take care of and cover when temperatures get below freezing. 

McDaniel says the frost proof blankets can be expensive, so she suggests buying big black contractor bags. She says those can be found in Sams or Costco, and they really serve the same purpose. Also be sure to water in the middle of the day before the temperatures drop.

"That will bring your root system up to a 50 degree Fahrenheit. Then cover your plant, the blooming plant, with black plastic. Not clear. It's very important that you cover with black plastic all the way to the ground and that way it will act like a greenhouse atmosphere," McDaniel said. 

Other ways to protect your plants in cold:

  • Bring potted plants indoors. The first and easiest solution to the cold is to simply remove your plants from the low temperatures 
  • Apply a layer of mulch
  • Cover your plants
  • Build a cold frame or greenhouse
  • Water your plants
  • Supply a heat source
  • Choose plants that are suited to your climate

 

 


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