Protect your Plants from the Cold with Clemson University’s Tips

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

With extreme temperatures and “bomb cyclone” blizzards hitting the Southeast this winter, Clemson University encourages people to bundle up… their plants.

“Freezing temperatures can damage plants by rupturing plant cells as temperatures drop and ice crystals form on leaves and stems,” said Bob Polomski, Clemson University Extension horticulturist.

When plants are damaged by the cold, they may look wilted, blackened, or have drooping leaves; split steams or bark near the base of the plants; long, deep narrow cracks running up and down tree trunks; and drying out, especially evergreen plants.

To reduce the impact of the cold weather on plants, Clemson’s experts recommend screening tender plants with burlap barriers to protect them from winds and sun. You should also place sensitive plants in locations that receive morning shade during the winter months.

For more tips on protecting your plants and transitioning them into spring, read more here.

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