Hard Freeze Predicted for Much of the State 4/9/2016

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AWIS Weather Service, Inc4-9-2016

AWIS Weather Service, Inc 4-9-2016

Protect tender plants, and newly set fruit!  It is going to be cold tonight!!

Tips for Protecting your plants

More Detailed Weather Information

What to Do

  • Illustration by Erin O'Dell

    Illustration by Erin O’Dell

    Cover frost sensitive and fruiting plants that are in flower or have recently set fruit (Blueberries, Plum, Strawberries,  Peaches, Pears, etc.) Use frost cloth, sheets, blankets etc.

  • Drape fabric all the way to the ground and anchor to prevent it from blowing off.  The goal is to trap the heat rising from the soil and hold that heat around the plant.
  • Illustration by Erin O'Dell

    Illustration by Erin O’Dell

    Wrap trunks from the ground to the lowest branches on frost sensitive young trees

  • Be sure plants are well watered.
  • Remove the covering in the morning to prevent the plant from being overheated.

What NOT to do

  • Do not prune frost damage until new growth is visible.
    • Pruning might stimulate new growth that would be vulnerable to another late freeze
    • The frost damaged stems can hold the frost cloth off the live tissue if there is another frost, and
    • Frequently, frost damage appears much worse than it is, new growth may appear where you thought the tissue was dead.

Written By

Photo of Dr. Lucy BradleyDr. Lucy BradleyExtension Urban Horticulture Specialist (919) 513-2001 lucy_bradley@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on Apr 9, 2016
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