Some gardeners go overboard in their misguided efforts to protect their young plants from frostbite. For instance, they cover plants they recently got from a plant nursery with bed sheets that they keep washing and drying. Such methods don’t serve any useful purpose and they may even harm the plants. There are proven methods that gardeners can use to save their plants from frostbite. This article discusses some of them.
Water the Plants Thoroughly
One of the best ways to protect your plants, especially those that you recently got from a plant nursery, is to water them thoroughly. Plants that receive ample amounts of water, as well as soils that are moist, retain warmth much better than plants or soils that do not receive enough water. Thus, the simple step of watering your plants will protect them from frostbite and they will survive the winter.
Use Frost Protection Sheets
These can be bought as drawstring bags or as sheets. You can get these items online or in stores that sell gardening products. You can also ask plant nursery staff to advise you on where to find these sheets near you. Drape the plants to the ground level and leave these sheets or bags in place until the frosty weather ends. You need not worry about the safety of the plants; the sheets allow water as well as sunlight to get through so your plants will not die due to a lack of sunlight or water.
Keep Potted Plants under Eaves
You can protect your potted plants from exposure to frostbite by carrying them and keeping them under the eaves of your house. You can increase the protection of such plants by identifying the side of your house that faces away from the wind and then put those potted plants under the large windows there.
Anti-transpirant sprays are also good at protecting plants from frostbite. They stop the plants from losing moisture each time there are strong winds or when temperatures drop. As had been pointed out earlier, plants that get enough moisture suffer minimally from frostbite and that is why these sprays are so helpful.
The measures above may not cost you a lot of money yet the benefits are many. You will not spend anxious days wondering whether your plants will survive the harsh weather. For any additional queries you may have on what extra steps you can take to protect your plants from frostbite, talk to the personnel at the plant nursery near you or a place like The Greenery Garden Centre and they will help you out.Read More