Protecting Plants in the Home Garden From Frost Damage

Although gardening needs you to be hardworking, it is actually an enjoyable hobby. It is worthwhile as to think about the bountiful harvest and the blooming flowers resulted from your hard work. For those who enjoy the process of gardening and have a special love for this hobby must know how difficult and close planting a plant or tree must be. Gardeners take a long time before planting to analyze the soil, the temperature and the weather. Everything is done accordingly so that the plant will not suffer.

Most house plants will do well if they are occasionally offered to take some fresh air outside the house. This will allow the indoor plants to breathe by aerating topsoil and leaves and soaking with the natural sunlight. But, sometimes we might forget to bring back indoor plants into the house and leaving them overnight along the temperatures that most tropical plants cannot handle. Luckily with some careful preening, your indoor plant can survive trough the disaster and can be revived to be as good as new in no time. Here are the steps on how to protect your plants in your home garden from being badly damaged.

You will need:

  1. Leaves Cutter
  2. Water
  3. Fertilizer



  1. Firstly, bring the plants inside your house immediately to prevent further exposure. Place the plants in a warm area avoiding any direct sunlight.
  2. It is important that the frost damaged plants to be kept inside the house until there is no danger of frost. If there are any damages happening again at this point, the plants will unfortunately die completely.
  3. Then, any frost-damaged leaves at the base of the stem should be cut off immediately. Most of plant species cannot be healed with frost damage so the cells, which have been exposed to freezing temperatures, may never be capable to perform photosynthesis again. You should not only remove the obvious injured portions, but also the entire leaf.
  4. When the cutting is finished, water the plant thoroughly and continue to water as normal as you can for the next two or three weeks.
  5. At this point, do not fertilize your plants. Keep watching your plant and remove any dying leaves and stems if needed even of razing the plants to the soil. It is a tricky matter for the indoor plants to recover from frost damage because it could destroy the capability of the plant’s photosynthesis and also damage the cell walls, which would take weeks to show its full recovery.
  6. You can then begin to fertilize your indoor plants when there is a new growth appearing and move the plants to the area inside of your house where there is sunlight.

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Additional Reading:

Plant-Driven Design: Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Place, and Spirit

Choosing Plant Combinations: 501 beautiful ways to mix and match color and shape in the garden (Better Homes & Gardens)