How To Keep Flowers Safe From Frost
It is at this time of the year that plants and flowers suffer the most from the cold British weather, with winter set to worsen before it gets better.
Indeed, the Met Office has warned that Britain will be plummeted into freezing conditions over the next few days, and some areas of the country could get as chilly as -10C.
A spokesperson from the Met Office told Sky News: “Northern and western parts are most likely to see any heavy wintry showers, and with that we could see some breaks of thunder and lightning, and heavy snow showers.”
As several regions have been issued yellow warnings for ice – including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast – many Brits won’t just be concerned about feeling the chill, but also that their precious plants will survive the frosty conditions.
Icy weather can be detrimental to flower health, causing water within the plant to freeze, resulting in blackened, limped stems.
It is hard to reverse frost-damage, so the BBC recommends trying to prevent it in the first place.
Gardening enthusiasts could plant in a sheltered area, such as under trees and against walls, so they have some protection against the weather. You might also want to avoid planting in the lowest point of the garden, as this is where cold air and frost gathers the most.
Fertilisers that are high in nitrogen should be avoided, as they make florae particularly vulnerable to damage; and put plants that have tender flower buds or shoots away from eastern spots, as frost damage is worsened by facing the morning sunshine.
You may also want to wrap plants in a horticultural fleece to provide further protection from the cold conditions.
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