6 TIPS to keep your plants from freezing when they are out in the Valley cold

PHOENIX - With cold temperatures quickly moving into Arizona, we have some tips and tricks to keep your plants happy and healthy.

Temperatures are expected to fall into the low 30s across parts of the Valley on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The further you live from the city center, the more likely your home is to experience a hard freeze at or below 32 degrees.

The key to saving your plants in this type of weather is to take special care of young, blooming, and sub-tropical plants. Some of those include bougainvillea and hibiscus plants.

To protect these at-risk plants:

-Try draping a light blanket or sheet that is breathable over the plant. The fabric needs to completely cover the plant from top to bottom, all the way to the ground, to make sure no heat escapes. (Do not use dense material or plastic, it will suffocate your plant.)

-Use a liquid polymer. The non-toxic liquid sold at nurseries and hardware stores gives an extra five degrees of protection. You will want to spray your plants' leaves a day or two before the freeze to get that extra protection.

To protect your trees:

                -You will want to wrap blankets around the trunk and over the foliage.

To keep your fruit from freezing:

                -Flood the base of the tree. It allows the tree to soak up extra water, which absorbs the cold.

                -Pick your fruit before the freeze.

One more tip from the experts is to NOT prune any plants or trees. That will leave healthy parts exposed to frost damage.

If you are worried your plant is sensitive to frost and may need these handy tips, take a quick look at our list of sensitive plants:

Bougainvillea
Hibiscus
Citrus
Ficus
Thevetia (Lucky Nut Tree)
Lantana
All varieties of Carissa (Natal Plum)
Tecomaria (Cape Honeysuckle)
Tecoma (Yellow & Orange Bells)
Passiflora (Passion Flower)
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Senecio (Mexican Flame Vine)
Solanum (Potato Bush/Vine)
Cuphea (Mexican Heather)
Nerium (Oleander)
Petunia
Geranium
Lobelia

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