It might be May, but for many regions around the nation, fluctuating temperatures have people's heads spinning. One minute people are wearing shorts having fun in the sun, and the next, they're bundled up in there winter's best. The Chicago Daily Herald reports there are certain precautions people who have planted flowers or received flowering plants for Mother's Day should take to ensure the blooms survive the sporadic weather patterns.
According to Kris Bachtell, vice president of collections and facilities at the Morton Arboretum in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, the best way to keep hanging plants safe and free from frost damage is to take them in if a frost warning is in place. Simply moving them into a mud room or any other area will ensure they stay frost-free.
However, it's just as crucial to bring the plants back outside in the morning to ensure they get plenty of natural sun, which will help them grow.
On the same note, if you were one of the impatient people around the nation who opted to start their veggie or flowering garden before memorial day, protecting your seedlings takes a bit more work.
Bachtell suggests people who have planted anything, but specifically tomatoes and peppers, cover their plants with tents made out of bed sheets. This step will help ensure the warmth from the ground protects the plants as the temperatures drop overnight. Remembering to remove the makeshift tents in the morning is an equally important step as covering them on cold nights.
"You've got to take those structures off so the plants don't get too hot," Bachtell told the news outlet. "These are stressfully odd times. Plants have to be extra hearty here."
Opt to plant hearty blooms
Gardeners worried about what blossoms are safe to start planting, might want to consider investing in tulips and daffodils since these are two of the most resilient flowers on the market, Steve Zwiep, parks department supervisor for the city of Holland, Michigan, told The Huffington Post.
Zwiep is certainly an expert on the matter – the town he works in runs an annual Tulip Time Festival – and he's witnessed the blooms flourish even after being covered by inches of snow. He added that tulips are in most danger during the budding period, after that they're easier to maintain, even if a sudden frost occurs.
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