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Freeze Damaged Plants



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You thought you had weeks to go before the weather started to cool off this fall and wanted to avoid the first freeze.  However it hit and you were not prepared.  What can you do with freeze damaged potted plants?  Here are a few tips.

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Most people can  prepare for the cooler winter months ahead.  They have time to wrap their garden planters in burlap, or time to move them into a garage or potting shed.  You clean out the pots you can't move and prep them for next season with a good bath.

But what if the first freeze hit and you now need help.  Different plants will be affected and will have to be dealt with in a different way.  If your garden planters were filled with perennials then this is where you should start.  If it's the type of perennial plant that dies in winter then you are ok.  Just prune it back and remove any dead wood.  Take take off more or the plant will go into shock.

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How about potted vegetable or citrus plants?  If these freeze, there is a good chance they will come back.  Tomato plants just need to be deadheaded.  Then add additional potting soil round the stem to bury it.  The tomato plant will grow new roots and in a couple of week you can tell if it's going to continue to grow.  All citrus tress should be pruned.

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If you have a plant that is brown and looks dead don't toss it yet.  Check online to see if they will come back by the type they are.  Many times these will re-grow with great success.  They just need some TLC and time to recover.  All healing plants need a little help with fertilizer.  So do a bit of research online before you give up hope.
Good Luck!

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