Will The Cold Temperatures Put Your Plants In Danger?

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Many people are wondering what will happen to their plants if temperatures dip down towards the freezing mark.  Some have already planted veggies outdoors, and many other plants have blooms.

It's not great timing for this cold snap.

WHNT News 19 talked with the experts at Bennett Nurseries who grow and save plants for a living.  They encourage you to take a deep breath and follow some easy steps.

"The safest time to plant is when Jason Simpson gives the all-clear," said Jeff Bennett, with a grin.

Jason hasn't given the all-clear yet.  At Bennett Nurseries, employees are covering up plants.  Wednesday's chill in the night air is causing a chill in the blood of people who want their flowers to pop and their plants to reach for the sky.

To keep your plants warm, start with a light covering.

"You want to trap the heat from the ground overnight up inside of a small tent," said Bennett.  "Put some pots up under where the fabric doesn't crush the plants."

Jeff Bennett covers one of the raised vegetable boxes at Bennett Nurseries in Huntsville.


And when you do cover the plants, you need the covering to stay there overnight.

"You might weight it down with bricks or rocks or something," said Bennett.  "You aren't trapping the heat in the plant, but the heat that is escaping from the ground."

Bennett says another option for summer annuals or summer vegetables is to dig them up and bring them inside.  Another tip: evaluate what you have planted and what kind of care it needs tonight.

"If you have just planted some summer annuals like impatiens, begonias, those definitely need to be protected," said Bennett.  "Tomatoes, cucumbers, those do not like cold weather."

Another key -- if you haven't started the process, then get started.  Don't wait until the last minute.