Surviving the frost on Monday night

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The weirdest part about October is that our temperatures have been so warm that we haven’t really had the chance to talk about a widespread frost freeze for much of the state.

Monday night is the first night that a frost may end up happening. News 8’s Sam Kantrow went out to Paradise Nursery in Hamden to find out which of your plants will make it, and which ones might not survive the night.

Mary Maturo of Paradise Nursery noted, “Some of our customers have told us that their annuals are looking wonderfully that they weren’t going to replace them with mums this year because their annuals are looking so well.”

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But reality has to come soon enough which means that our beautiful landscape may be changing overnight with cold temps on the way. So what can you do?

“If you have an citrus like a lemon, orange tree, any tropicals like hibiscus, or any indoor house plants that you have on your deck or your patio, those should be brought into the house or into your garage,” Mentioned Maturo.

Unfortunately, for most of the beautiful annual flowers that you plant on Mother’s Day, the cold weather coming might kill these plants off. But not everything will be killed!

According to Maturo, “Broccoli, cabbage, kales, all that. Brussel sprouts should be fine. There’s nothing to do for those kinds of crops.”

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Perennials will also be okay, and so will your summer garden if you follow a few steps.

Vegetables like eggplants or tomatoes will probably not survive well when temperatures get down close to the freezing mark, so the first thing you need to do is harvest these plants. After that, grab a bed sheet.

What you’re going to do with that bed sheet is cover over the plant gently. That will help keep the temperature under the sheet warm enough that you will likely not see your vegetables or your favorite flower die on a night like Monday!


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