Will harsh weather kill plants?

Plants expected to survive cold weather. (Photo By: Lakeed Johnson / WWAY News)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As we continue our weather coverage, don’t forget about your plants.

At the New Hanover County Arboretum, they’re fielding calls about house plants and azaleas!

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Director Lloyd Singleton says he doesn’t believe the cold weather will cause much harm to the plants.

He says some may have minor damage, but not enough to kill them.

As the cold weather approaches, plants are a concern for some, but North Carolina Cooperative Extension Center Director Lloyd Singleton says he doesn’t believe the weather will be extreme enough to kill plants.

He gives tips on what we can do to protect them, saying people with early blooming shrubs can cover them lightly with fabric.

Singleton says a sheet or blanket works best, just as long as its not plastic.

He says making sure the fabric stays close to the ground will keep the temperature for the flowers warm enough, and if you see “cold damage”.

Singleton advises people to wait on pruning it. He says it’s best to wait until mid April, since we may experience more cold weather.

Singleton also advises people with tropical plants to bring them indoors.