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Winter Damage in Plants

After last week’s hard freezes and power outages, you may notice that some of your plants are looking a little sad. Before you throw them away, we have a few tips and tricks so that you can try and bring them back to life!

For Tropicals, Cacti, Succulents, and other indoor plants:

  1. Check new and old growth for damage. Damage can present itself through wrinkling, browning, yellowing, or wilting. 
  2. Feel if stem is solid or soft. If it feels soft, cut back to where the plant feels to be most solid. The inside of the plant should be completely green. Any browning or discoloration  means that you need to cut back further. 
  3. Fertilize using SUPERthrive or Rose Glo, as well as using liquid seaweed at the next watering cycle will help the plant drastically. Biomatrix also works to help stimulate roots and encourage new growth.
  4. Play the waiting game to see if the plant bounces back this spring. If new growth appears healthy, the plant should be in the clear!

For outdoor landscaping and potted plants:

  1. Cut back shrubbery by no more than 1/3 of the plant’s overall size and fertilize. 
  2. Cut perennials down to ground level and fertilize.
  3. Trees that began to bud before the storm may not bloom again this spring (Mountain Laurel, fruiting trees, etc)
  4. For younger trees, any branches that are still bent after the ice melts should be removed. 
  5. To check to see if a woody plant is alive, carefully scrape the bark with a knife. If it shows green, the plant is still alive. 
  6. Container plants that were left outside most likely took on a ton of damage. Cut back damaged areas and water using a fertilizer. Then it’s a waiting game to see if the plant will grow back this spring. 
  7. Fertalizers we recommend are Microlife 6-2-4 for perennials, trees, and shrubs. Rose Glo or SUPERthrive for annuals, vegetables, herbs, container plants, houseplants, cacti, and succulents. And liquid seaweed for anything and everything!

Instead of looking at the situation as a loss, try and see it as a blank slate to try something new. We are happy to assist in any area of plants and gardening. Let us help get your landscaping and plant collection back and better than ever!

4 thoughts on “Winter Damage in Plants

  1. Hi. I truly enjoy the information that you provide. I can’t believe I just discovered you guys this morning. Will be there Sunday for a bird eye view…..can’t wait !!!

    1. Albert,

      I’m glad that you are enjoying the information! Hope you had a good visit on Sunday!
      Garden Seventeen

  2. What about about in a container? It is very yellow but I see the stems are green. Should I give more time?

    1. All of this information can be applied to both in ground and potted plants! Always give the plant more time before tossing it, but if there is absolutely no sign of new growth within the next week or two, it might be too far gone!

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