Protecting Plants from Freezing

BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) -- The temperatures are about to drop Tuesday night, which means any plants outside are in danger of freezing.

The staff at Glenhaven Greenhouses is already preparing for the cold temperatures and recommend that you either cover your plants or take them inside. If you cover them, use a cardboard box or heavy cloth. Never cover plants using plastic because it doesn't insulate like cloth does.

Even if you do cover your plants, most plants outside are in danger because it will be so cold tonight.

"Even covered, many people will still lose some plants. Perennials that are already in the ground and are growing from the root up, you may lose the top. This is a parsley plant. Any herbs that you can see here, they would be damaged because even though they might be used to cool whether they're really not acclimated to the cold weather," said Arlene Reid, who owns the greenhouse.

Reid also said if some of your plants don't make it, don't worry too much as it's still early in the year and many of them can be easily replaced.


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