When the cold season is among us we want to be ready for frost and freezing. Have frost covers and blankets ready just in case and be sure to keep an eye on the weather. NPK Feeding is complete for the year as we do not want to encourage any new growth as it is the most sensitive to cold. Watering will be your primary focus as you want to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out.
In case of frost or freeze warnings
- Plants can be covered with winter frost blanket, found at your local garden center, or regular blankets.
- Soil can be banked up to bottom limbs prior to winter in December and removed March 1st.
- Plants in containers should be brought indoors.
Plants effected by a freeze
- Some leaf drop can be expected. This should be temporary.
- Never prune trees until new growth starts back in late spring (April). At that time all cuts should be made at least 1/2″ below damaged wood.
If a grafted plant
- Any sprouts below the graft are rootstock sprouts and should be removed. Severely cut back plants will produce following the next bloom cycle.
Plants on their own root
- Even if plants are frozen back to soil level, any growth at all will be the same variety and produce after the next bloom cycle.