How to protect your flowers from the overnight freeze - WNEM TV 5

How to protect your flowers from the overnight freeze

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A warm start to the week may have prompted some of you to flock to your local nursery to stock up on plants and flowers.

The threat of frost and freezing temperatures overnight may put those plants in jeopardy.

“You can cover them with cotton sheets, fabric sheets. Things that don’t have synthetics in them. Certainly not any plastics. Plastic sheeting can conduct the cold and condense underneath. You don’t want to do that,” said Jim Begick, president of Begick Nursery and Garden Center.

He said there’s also a product you can buy to spray on your plants for protection.

“It’s called freeze proof. It’s a substance that protects the leaves down to about 27-28 degrees. So, if you have the time and you’re worried about it and you can’t take things inside or cover them, it’s possible to use that,” Begick said.

Some plants can withstand low temperatures better than others.

“Anything that is really light in foliage and fleshy. Those are the ones that are the most susceptible because they’ll just pop when the frost comes. The cell walls just blow up,” Begick said.

His flowers aren’t in danger because of where he’s at, but several other shops in counties with a freeze warning are working to ensure those plants last through the night.

Begick said this weather shouldn’t stop people from shopping for mom this weekend.

“Once you get past that little bump tomorrow morning, you’ll be just fine. So, I wouldn’t let it deter you from going ahead and doing your shopping. That’s going to be very important. Take care of mom,” Begick said.

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