‘Killed overnight’: How to protect your plants from frost – ‘insulate’ them.
FROST can harm your plants, but with more freezing temperatures expected in the UK throughout January, gardeners are being advised to take extra precautions to protect their plants from the elements.
Plants in the outdoors are usually unaffected by light frost.
A hard frost, which usually occurs between January and February, can, on the other hand, kill plants.
This is due to the fact that it can cause significant damage to plant tissue as well as dehydration.
Some plants may not be able to recover, so it’s best to take precautions now to avoid this.
Fortunately, there are steps gardeners can take to help prevent this.
“With the temperatures finally turning chilly, we can expect the first frost of the winter to appear imminently,” Phostrogen experts said.
“Of course, the level of protection required by your plants will vary depending on their species and location.
“Tender plants can be killed in an instant, while hardier plants can withstand a few frosts.”
Those tougher plants, on the other hand, may take months to recover.
“In general, any temperature below minus two degrees is cold enough to kill even the hardiest plants,” the experts continued.
“It is widely recommended to move tender plant species such as dahlias, fuschias, and begonias indoors if possible to a cool, frost-free area like a porch, conservatory, or greenhouse throughout the winter if you have tender plant species such as dahlias, fuschias, and begonias.”
“Of course, for well-established plants, this may not be possible, so wrap the container in a few layers of fleece or bubble wrap instead.”
Fleece is a versatile material that can protect plants from frost, wind, hail, and pests, among other things.
Once the temperatures start to rise, it’s a good idea to remove the insulation.
Furthermore, bubble wrap is a low-cost insulation material that can assist the plants in surviving the winter.
During the winter, terracotta pots are prone to cracking, necessitating extra care.
“Raise pots off the ground where possible to avoid taking on the cold temperature off the ground,” the experts added.
“You can also insulate and protect plants from the elements by wrapping them in materials like hessian and polystyrene.”
“Just make sure they’re waterproofed to prevent water from getting underneath the wrap and causing frost.”
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