While it's nothing compared to what our neighbors up north experience, Florida does get cold weather in the winter, even a freeze or two. Proper planning and care can make the difference between life and death in your landscape.
Be ready to move tender potted plants to warmer sheltered areas, like the garage or patio. Check your inventory of plant covers and frost blankets so that you'll be prepared when the time comes.
Don't fertilize cold-sensitive plants in the late fall or during the winter. They'll add new growth, which is especially susceptible to cold injury.
Proper care throughout the year will give your plants an edge in cold weather. Plants tolerate cold temperatures better and recover from injury faster when they're healthy. And if your plants are damaged by the cold, don't be too hasty to prune away the damage—just wait for spring.
- Cold Weather Can Threaten Landscape Plantings
- January-March Gardening Calendar for Central Florida
- Protecting Ornamental Plants from the Cold
- Saving the Garden During Freezing Temperatures
- When Jack Frost Comes Nipping at Your Door
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- Prepare Landscape for Winter Weather--Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension
- Prepare Trees and Shrubs for Winter--eXtension.org
- Prepare Your Garden for Winter's Big Chill--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
- Protect Plants from Cold Weather--University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
- Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants--University of Georgia Cooperative Extension