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How to protect plants during cold weather

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If there’s anything the average south Louisiana resident has become a pro at withstanding, it’s the ever-changing weather.

But as hot temperatures drop and Louisianans exchange their flip-flops for boots, people and pets aren’t the only ones impacted by the chilly temperatures- plants are too.

Cold temperatures can actually freeze a plant’s cells, which can bring growth to an abrupt halt. During winter, some plants even become dormant as a way of protecting themselves against cell damage.

That said, there are measures plant-owners can take to protect flowers and shrubs as temperatures drop. A few suggested steps are:  

-Move potted plants to sheltered locations and wrap the sides of the pots. Consider using bubble wrap or a fleece plant wrap.

-Tender plants should be covered with an upturned bucket or flower pot.

-Though it can be tempting to bring plants inside during cold weather this is not always advisable as a sudden change in temperature can kill a plant.

-If a plant shows signs of damage, wait until the weather warms and new shoots begin to surface, then prune out damaged parts.

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