What Did 20 Degrees Do To My Plants!?

What did this sudden really cold weather do to your plants?  For shrubs, trees and perennials, nothing that will cause long term damage.  Tropical plants and most annuals are usually not able to survive prolonged periods of freezing temperatures and probably received a lethal blow.

Due to the extended warm weather we’ve been experiencing, most plants have still been actively growing.  These freezing temps will damage any tender new growth on your shrubs.  It will show up as blackened leaves as the affected tissue dies over the next few days or loss of flowers if it was blooming and change ornamental grass from green to a straw color.

Don’t be alarmed though– your plant should be fine.  You can snip off the affected leaves or let them fall off on their own.

This freeze will probably put most perennials down until spring.  Depending on the variety of plant will depend upon whether you trim or cut it back.  (See accompanying articles in this issue)

Most of your warm season annual and tropical plants will not fare as well as your shrubs and perennials though.  They will die back after a hard freeze.

Your cool season annuals (pansies, ornamental cabbage/kale, dusty miller, etc.) will do just fine.  You may experience some loss of flowers but they will be blooming strongly again very quickly.

For specific questions about any plants concerning the freeze email us at email@thgc.net or text us at 903-339-0922 or call us at the nursery and we’ll be happy to help.