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Bringing freeze damaged plants back to life

With milder days ahead, here's what you can do to revive your plants.
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Posted at 7:47 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 23:18:29-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — With the freezing days behind us and a whole lot of sunshine in the next days ahead, there are some things you can do to your plants to bring them back to life.

Unfortunately, there are some plants that might not pull through. The owner of All Seasons Nursery, Peter Mayeux, tells KATC most flowers and tropical plants might not make it.

“With the historical freeze that we have, a lot of the seasonal flowers, especially spring summer flowers from last year, are not gonna come back,” said Mayeux.

The nursery was closed for three days due to the freezing temperatures. Plus, they had to put all their plants in one greenhouse to prevent catastrophic damage. Some of their suppliers are in Texas, and with the winter storm they are facing, some orders have been backed up.

He says the cold weather does brings some benefits.

“It does have good points though,” said Mayeux. “It kills some of the insects and the fungus will not be as bad.”

In terms of landscaping, what you do now can help your garden and plants later on.

“Make sure there are no more freezes, then get out in the garden and start pruning stuff back, fertilizing,” he said. “What you do in the early in the spring is going to get rid of a lot of your maintenance.”

Although some impact might be aesthetic damage, most plants should be fine – especially if they are planted in the ground. He expects the next few weeks to be busy at his nursery, as people get ready to replace their damaged plants or seek advice on how to save them.

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