Saturday, December 4, 2010
Cold Season Plant Protection
Be prepared this year to protect your plant from cold weather and freezing weather (they are not the same). Many tropicals especially tropical palm need some protections when the temperatures get near 40-degrees. Use cloth covers to protect the bud (where the fronds appear at the top of the palm) and then cover the plant all the way to the ground. Outdoor lights under the cover may help too but make sure the light bulb does not touch the cloth. If you want to use plastic, then build a frame around your plant so the plastic will not touch any part of the plant. These frames need to be well anchored to the ground so they do not blow over. Here is some additional help: Cold Protection of Ornamental Plants (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG02500.pdf) and Cold Damage on Palms (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG31800.pdf).