This has been a particularly cold and harsh winter. While we haven’t been buried in a ton of snow, the cold can also take its toll on even the heartiest of winter plants such as Rhododendrons, Hollies and Evergreens. These plants are designed to survive a harsh winter with their thick waxy coverings on their leaves. This coating is meant to prevent water loss, however during the winter months the ground and any available water is frozen, making it impossible for the plant to uptake.
What can make things worse is when plants are exposed to harsh winds or profuse sunlight the plant responds by releasing water from its leaves. This biological response combined with the unavailability of water results in winter burn, which can permanently damage your plants.
Luckily, there is a way you can prevent this damage. Anti-desiccants are products that can be applied to Evergreen trees and shrubs to help create a protective barrier that holds in moisture through the winter.
Which plants benefit from anti-desiccants?
- Broadleaf Evergreens such as Azalea, Boxwood, Holly, and Rhododendron.
- Conifers such as Arborvitae, Cedar, Cypress, Juniper, and Pine.
- Tender Stems such as Rose Canes and Hydrangea Stems.
While two applications in December and one in February is ideal, it isn’t too late to protect your plants from drying out. If you think your plants are drying out or you’re finding it difficult to keep them watered in this cold, contact the experts at Organically Green. We are able to help you protect your plants from the cold, pests, and other elements.