Cold Damage

Record warm temperatures in March resulted in many plants pushing out new growth. As a result, the record low temperatures over Easter weekend had gardeners across South Carolina scrambling to protect their plants. While it is not always possible to protect plants from cold damage (see image of fig tree with cold damage), there are steps that can be taken both before and after a freeze to minimize damage.

Image depicts cold damage on a fig tree.

For more information on cold damage and what can be done before and after a freeze to protect plants, see HGIC 2350, Cold Damage.

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