Flower shop owner shares how to protect plants from frost

The Co-Owner of Chester's Flower Shop & Greenhouses, Bill Waszkiewicz, tells us some tips and tricks about how to protect your plants from frost damage.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 5:48 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 5:56 PM

A freeze warning is issued for 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. This means temperatures will drop below freezing in some areas, which is below 32 degrees. Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

The co-owner of Chester's Flower Shop & Greenhouses shares why frost is so dangerous to plant life. 

"I think the frost itself, once it settles on the tissue of the plant, that's what's going to kill it.  Temperature-wise, you're generally going to get that problem probably in the low 30s or high 20s. The lower it gets, if it gets down to 26 or 24 degrees, it's going to be hard to keep the plant alive because the tissue is probably going to get destroyed at that cold of a temperature," said Bill Waszkiewicz, co-owner of the shop.

Bill says that some plants can better survive the frost than others. Hardy plants such as brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, or other thick heavy leaved plants aren't affected too much by frost. However, tender plants like tomatoes or peppers will be damaged or killed by frost.

Bill also says to harvest any vegetables in order to avoid having them damaged by the frost or cold temperatures. He says even a tomato is picked before it's ripe, it will continue to ripen even after it is harvested.

Anyone who has plants outdoors can protect them from the frost. If they are potted plants, bring them inside to avoid damaging or killing them. But if they are planted in the ground, cover them with a bed sheet overnight to prevent frost from forming. Plants can also be sprayed with a hose if they do get any frost on them. Bill says this will help plants survive longer.

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