Minimise the damage from the cold and frosty weather on your plants

The cold weather, especially frost, can cause the water in plant cells to freeze and will damage the walls of the cells.

The signs of frost-damaged plants include limp growth, blackened and distorted stems and leaves.  Evergreen plants may turn brown and the leaves of tender plants take on a translucent appearance. 

Hardier plants can also be damaged if the soil becomes frozen as the roots cannot draw up water and the plants will die due to the lack of moisture. 

Tips to minimise the damage

We would recommend that you choose hardy plants that thrive in your local area.

Do you use nitrogen-high fertilisers which can cause plants to have sappy leaves leaving them susceptible to damage.

Keep your more tender plants in a sheltered place, avoiding east facing areas and give them some kind of protection in the cold weather.

Avoid pruning tender plants to help protect the centre of the plant from the frost.

Use a coldframe or greenhouse to protect your most tender plants until the risk of frost has passed.