How to Treat Plants with Frost Damage

During the winter season, the chance of frost affecting your plants is significantly higher. Frost damage can affect any plant that's frost-sensitive or neglected. Don’t throw your plant away if there's frost damage. It isn’t an immediate death and there’s a chance to save it.  

#1. Watering 

Due to the freeze, moisture is removed from plants. Provide the damaged plants with an inch of water. It helps recover from trauma, dehydration, and stress.


#2. Bring Them Inside 

For some plants, bring them inside and away from the cold. There are precautions to look out for! To avoid shock, don’t place them in a very warm place. It’s best to place them in an enclosed porch, deck, or garage. If you have more than one plant, huddle them together for warmth. Avoid direct sunlight and continue to supervise.


#3. Avoid Pruning 

Although pruning is good for plants, it can lead to further stress. Wait for the warm weather and cut the damaged parts. If the plant is green, it still has a chance to survive and grow again. In the meantime, clean up the dried or dead leaves that fall from the plant.  


As much as you want to tend to the damage, the best solution is to wait. It can take time to figure out if there’s root or crown damage. Make sure there’s new growth shown before discarding. It’s important to note that native plants will recover easier than nonnative plants. Native plants can adapt to the environment’s cold weather. Don’t let the frost damage your plants! 

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