Cold weather and sensitive plants

The owner of North Star Orchards in Westmoreland tells us it might be too soon to put out your sensitive plants.

Posted: May 8, 2020 7:25 PM

The cold weather expected this weekend means bad news for sensitive plants. The owner of the North Star Orchards, Mr. George Joseph, gives some advice on what you can do to save your own plants.

Even with colder weather we've had, some plants can still survive in these conditions. Mr. Joseph said "Some things can go in the ground now. Onions, peas, kale, cabbage, lettuce, any of those things are pretty tolerant of the cold."

However, not all plants can survive the record cold weather we are expecting this weekend. Mr. Joseph said the plants that shouldn't be put out yet are "Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers. You want to make sure you're out of that frost danger."

If you have already planted some sensitive plants, here's what you can do to protect them this weekend. Mr. Joseph said "You can cover them. An old sheet, a cloth would be better than plastic."

To give you an idea of how cold it will be this weekend. The normal high temperature for this time of year is 65 degrees, with the normal low being 44 degrees. This Saturday, our high temperature looks like it will be in the upper 30s. This is almost 30 degrees below normal! This also could beat the record coldest high temperature, at 40 degrees, which was set back in 1966. So be sure to protect your sensitive plants Friday night! The good news is that the weather looks nicer for Mother's Day with warmer temperatures in the upper 40s and more sunshine.

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