fill
fill
fill
Lou and Pam Mindes
Tucson - Oro Valley
fill
Direct Office:
(520) 918-5751
lou@ilovetucson.com
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
fill
Buying a Home
fill
myPropertyAlerts
fill
Mobile App
fill
Selling a Home
fill
Open House Search
fill
90 Years Strong
fill
Long Home Advantage
fill
fill
fill
fill fill
HOUSE NUMBER
fill fill
fill fill fill fill
fill
and/or
fill fill fill
fill
STREET NAME
fill fill fill
fill fill fill
fill
CITY
fill fill fill
fill fill fill
fill
MLS NUMBER
fill fill fill
fill
You can enter multiple MLS Numbers separated by a comma.
fill fill
fill fill fill
fill
fill
fill
 

Assessing Your Plants After Freezing Temperatures

January 29, 2015

Winter in Arizona can bring overnight freezing temperatures which can take a toll on many plants and landscaping. If you’re unsure if a plant is dead or alive, here are some tips that may be useful to consider:

  • Try the “scrape test”. With your fingernail, scrape the black stem: if it reveals green beneath, it’s alive. If not, be patient. The root system may be healthy and the plant may still come back. Growth and flowering this summer may be sparse, but give it time.
  • As you see signs of buds/new growth, cut back to the area of new growth.
  • Consider the root. A plant can appear dead, but a firm white root, tuber or bulb assures the plant may still have life stored away and with proper conditions and care, will come back- possibly taking much longer than expected.
  • CITRUS: If new growth of citrus is occurring only at the base trunk, the desirable citrus is probably lost and only root stock remains. It’s time to replace the tree.
  • PALMS: Give any palms that lost their frawns until August to send up new growth before making the decision to remove them.
  • CACTUS: Cut off mushy or black parts they may re-bud at those points.

Things to consider when replacing your dead plants:

  • Given our intense summers, planting in the Fall is generally easier for plants than planting in the Spring. Plants native to our area will typically stand a better chance of surviving than non-native plants. Planting zone information is available at: www.ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/az1169.
  • Planting less cold hardy plants in microclimates that are warmer in the winter (such as against a heat holding brick wall, under a roof hanging, closer proximity to house, south vs. north facing) can increase their chances of survival during cold spells.

Consult Pima County Cooperative Extension (520) 626-5161 or your local nursery/landscaper more information.

Previous Green Resource Articles by Long Realty

Is It Time To Replace My Water Heater?
Creating Backyard Ambiance
Cut Down on Holiday Food Waste
Be Kind to Mother Earth This Holiday Season!
Can It Be Fall Planting Time Already?
Some Great Reasons to Consider a Staycation This Summer
The Heat Is Upon Us! Some Helpful Tips to Keep Cool
Water Saving Tips to Help You Prepare for Summer
Tips for Reducing Your Green Footprint
Spring is Almost Here: Time to Get Rid of Clutter!
8 Tips to a Stunning Winter Container Garden
Home Heating Tips
Time to Change Those Air Filters
Don’t Neglect Your Hot Garden Now
Easy Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill
Concerned about cooling costs? Try these 5 Tips
June’s Tips to Potted Garden Success
5 Helpful Tips for a Green Holiday Season
7 GREEN Tips for Your Thanksgiving
VOC (volatile organic compounds) in the Household
Cool Tips for Summer Savings
Staying GREEN in Home Cleaning
Assessing Your Plants After Freezing Temperatures
Smartscape is Watersmart
Neighbors helping Neighbors
Eco Friendly Summer Camp for Your Kids
One Person's Trash CAN BE Another's Treasure?
Reduce & Reuse This Holiday Season
Eco-Friendly Apps That Can Change Your Life
What is an Energy Audit?
Green Pet Food
Beat the Heat this Summer
Do You Have Fruit Trees?
Is Organic Worth the Price?
How to Select LED Lightbulbs
Save Hundreds of Dollars on your Next AC
How to Humidify your Home Naturally
New Homes With Green Features
Saving Energy and Money with Better Light Bulbs
Best Sustainable Home Improvements
Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home