If you got in a hurry to plant flowers, bulbs, or even vegetables, the cold snap of the last few days may not have done as much damage as you may think. A local expert says the rough winter has put everything a month behind, so most plants that would normally be leafing out or producing flowers by now were not as vulnerable when the thermometer dropped below freezing.
Asta Sadauskis, who owns The Greenery on West Delmar in Godfrey, says spraying plants with water if you expect a freeze can actually help.
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The exception to this would be plants that cannot take even a hint of frost, such as Begonias or Tomato plants, according to Sadauskis. She says the rule of thumb is to wait until Mother’s Day to plant anything that cannot take the cold.