How to protect your plants from cold-frost
The severe cold and winter climates in general, as well as the particularly high summer temperatures, can damage and weaken both the shoots and the root system of any plant often and completely dry it out.
Frost and snow, which while initially acting as an “insulator” that protects the plants from below freezing temperatures, cause water to freeze not only on the outer surface of leaf shoots but also on the inside of their cells and along with Strong winds and hail are the main causes that many of our plants are lost during the winter.
Potted plants, when such adverse conditions prevail, should be moved to the most sheltered and covered area, and the most delicate is to move them for a few days indoors. All outdoor plants will benefit from this without any problems, as long as you keep them away from radiators and water them when their soil dries.
As many pots as can be moved, like those planted directly in the soil, should be covered and the most effective way is the special frostbite you will find in nursery-garden stores. It allows the plants to breathe, is reusable and will protect your plants from snow-frost and strong wind.
Available both in rolls and in the form of a “hood” as well as in various sizes for use in individual plants-shrubs-trees, and is best suited for the protection of vegetable gardens.
Plant protection is essential not only in areas with a generally “heavy” winter climate, as even a single frost, a few hours of snowfall or hail, are enough to destroy flowers, shrubs, vegetables and even trees in your garden or balcony.
In the case of frost-snow, and if you haven’t planned to cover your plants with frost, you can use all kinds of nylon as well as burlap-sack, while a practical and effective solution to protect small and larger pots is the plastic (plastic). with bubbles). Wrap the plants as loosely as possible so as not to damage their foliage, and grip where necessary with cloths to hold the plastic.
Not only the foliage but the soil around the roots as well as the pot should be covered in cases of prolonged frost or particularly low temperatures for many days, especially in plants placed in clay pots, after the clay freezes and transfers its temperature to soil easier than plastic often cannot crack or break from the cold.
Clay pots can be covered with any kind of coarse plastic-nylon or burlap, while plant roots can additionally be protected both in flower pots and in flower beds with hay, straw, dry grass-leaves or gravel or even around the ground the roots with burlap or a thick woolen fabric.
The alternation of temperature if immediately after frost-snow is dominated by sunshine and regardless of temperature is also disastrous for the plants, so leave them covered for another 2-3 days so that the sun can gradually adapt and not be burned by the sun to prevail immediately after the snowfall.
* Particularly susceptible to the cold are certainly the smallest and “weakest” plants yet, so be sure to protect yourself from adverse conditions first.
* Even highly resistant species to any other conditions such as succulents, will dry out if you do not cover them and leave them exposed to frost or snow.
* Fresh snow should be carefully shaken from the foliage of plants and trees if the bulk is such that it can break branches, and without naturally using water that will freeze.* If the lawn is covered with snow, do not press it before it is completely melted, otherwise it will dry out.
* One way to make it easier for you during the winter if your area is often frost-free and low temperatures is to have your most sensitive plants planted in pots that can be moved to protected areas or indoors or pots. be concentrated in a place where you can easily cover them all with frost or nylon.