Frosty came to visit….

January 2, 2017

We’re waiting for more rain, and the weather has been pretty nippy where I live. Frosty came to visit a few weeks ago.  So far, no frost damage in my garden, but the potential for damage is definitely there. I’m on the coast so it’s not as big a concern for me as it is for others, but I’m paying attention in my garden.

Succulents can really suffer when we have the double whammy of rain and frost. I’ve tried to move my more tender succulents under the protection of eaves, and I’m trying to make sure they drain well if they do get rained on. Too much water saturates the plant cells, and a frost will finish off tender succulents by damaging the saturated cells, killing whole sections of your succulent, if not the whole plant.  I found this out the hard way a few years back.

Another important point  to remember: If your other shrubs and small trees sustain frost damage, DO NOT PRUNE THE DAMAGED GROWTH!!! Leave it on the plant until you see new growth in the spring.

Frosty came to visit

That’s a thick frost on my neighbor’s roof!

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