How are your plants doing in this up and down weather?


POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 7:15pm

With this up and down weather, you might be wondering if your plants will be ok. We were in the teens last week, definitely felt like winter, and then this past weekend and today, beautiful spring like weather. So, is this weather confusing your plants? We talked to the experts and they say, they will be just fine.

Landscaping experts said they should be fine, but if we have another cold spell, be prepared to cover your plants. Some plants that are marginal for East Texas, like sago palms, will not survive. They said this winter has been a little harder than normal so some plants will not make it. Plants have a pretty reliable clock in recognizing the cold and warm weather, but experts say there clock is a little confused right now. They said pay close attention to those plants you really care about and you might want to cover them to protect those blooms. But, we are right on track for spring.

"This cold weather that we have had has set the plants up for a nice beautiful spring," said  owner of Wilhite landscaping James Wilhite.

Wilhite said it may seem like spring has sprung a little too soon, but most of your plants should be blooming right on time.

"We've had all the cold weather we need and the plants have gotten all the signals that spring is just around the corner."

He said you might need to worry about your plants the next cold snap we have.

"If we have more severe weather coming, maybe I should say when we have more severe weather coming we will wind up in some issues."

But KETK meteorologist Dr. Robert Thornton said the weather should be pretty steady for awhile.

"In the extended forecast, we don't see a deep freeze right now."

But, just in case we have that next cold snap, be prepared to cover your plants and bring some of them inside.

"It's happened before here, we've been cold and then we get warm, and then we have a tendency to get cold again in the springtime we could have more cold snaps ahead," said Thornton.  

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