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Updated: 01/03/2018 08:30:30AM

Getting to the root of protecting your plants during the freeze

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These staff members at Robbins Nursery at 4803 U.S. 27 S. were covering tropical plants in preperation for this week's freezing temperatures.

KIM LEATHERMAN / STAFF

This beautiful Bougainvillea at Robbins Nursery in Sebring is one of many favorites that should be covered in the freezing temps. The staff say that Bougainvilleas and Plumbagos will bounce even aftere a frostbite if they are well established.

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Covering your plants is probably the best way to protect them from our rare freezing nights here in the Heartland.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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SEBRING — The chilly temps have arrived and the mercury is going to continue to drop, which means the plants and blooms may be susceptible to frost and hard freezes. The National Weather Service out of Ruskin has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook through Monday in which temperatures are bitterly cold and will be below normal. NWS adds that wind chill factors will make it feel like temps are in the teens.

Master gardeners and novices alike look for ways to protect their precious flora from frost. University of Florida Extension Agent David Austin has offered some advice to preserve your petals. Tropical plants are particularly susceptible to the temperature drop. Protecting your plants should come well before any landscaping takes place. Plant selection for hardiness and location should be considered before putting them into the ground.

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