How to protect your plants from frost. A number of easy tips.
In general, most plants in the garden can withstand the cold. Yet there are of course plants that are less accustomed to low temperatures and frost. Do you have these plants in your garden? And do they remain outside in the winter? Make sure you take measures on time and protect them from frost and freeze.
Presumably your small pot plants are already inside, or under a roof. And you have already taken Dahlia tubers out of the ground to keep them in a frost-free and dry place. But what do you do with frost-sensitive plants in the open ground?
Here is an overview of garden plants that like to be protected from frost:
African lily (Agapanthus)
American lilac (Ceanothus)
Tree fern (Dicksonia)
Olive (Olea Europea)
Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
New Zealand flax (Phornium)
Palms (Trachycarpus, Chamaerops)
Palm lily (Yucca)
Passion flower (Passiflora)
Tuscan jasmine (Trachelospernum)
Fig (Ficus carica)
To protect your plants against frost, you can use horticultural fleece or jute to pack the plants. Wrap this around the plant and tie it with a string.
You can also use a mat made of reed. Then place 3 bamboo sticks (fairly tight) around the plant and place the reed mat around it. Fill the inside with straw, or dry leaves. In the same way you can make a kind of cage construction of, for example, chicken wire.
There are also ready-made protective covers available, which you can just zip around.
Make sure that your plants still get air. Use natural or breathable materials as much as possible. So no plastic! Otherwise the plant will certainly rot.
Do not leave the protection unnecessarily long. This also reduces the chance of rotting your plant.
Protect the growth point of palms and bananas
With palms, banana and tree fern it is important to protect the growth point. This is the point from which the new leaf will unfold. This must not freeze. Cover it, or pack it with straw, for example. It helps to make a kind of roof, so that the growing point remains warm and dry.