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How to Fix a Garden After Freezing Temperatures

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The hard freeze last week has gardeners wondering how to rehabilitate their plants.

Gardening experts say you can use your gardener’s instinct to look for limp stems and freeze damaged leaves, but LSU horticulture expert Dan Gill says gardeners needs to be realistic when inspecting damaged plants.

Depending on the kind of plant, there is some hope.  For example, Gill says citrus trees could stage a comeback if you look carefully at each tree.

For the herbaceous tropical plants like ferns or elephant ears, Gill said cut their damage about a week after the freeze ends.  For the woody tropical plants, like hibiscus and angel trumpets, Gill said wait until spring and cut out the dead portions.

However, Gill makes one clear point: be realistic.

[Louisiana Radio Network]

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