Winter’s a-comin’: Say goodbye to warm season plants

Nov. 11, 2013
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Mary Hightower, Cooperative Extension Service Communications
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• “Say goodbye to warm season plants.” -- Berni Kurz
• Much of Arkansas under freeze warning or watch

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With freeze warnings posted for Monday night, home gardeners need to be ready to protect their plants, said Berni Kurz, Washington County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“As cold as we will get tomorrow night -- 20 degrees -- it is time to say goodbye to warm season plants,” he said. Monday. “We have had light frost where gardeners were able to keep things alive by covering sensitive plants.

“What we will getting tomorrow night, is our first hard killing frost,” Kurz said. “Sheets, blankets, or floating row covers can protect plants if we only get 27 to 29 degrees, any lower plants underneath will freeze anyway.”

Freeze warnings were posted through Tuesday morning for Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.

A freeze warning was remaining in effect through Wednesday morning for Arkansas, Baxter, Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Clark, Cleburne, Cleveland, Conway, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Lonoke, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Ouachita, Perry, Pike, Polk, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, Woodruff and Yell counties.

A hard freeze watch was in effect for Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Phillips and St. Francis counties through Wednesday morning.

A strong cold front was entering northwest Arkansas late Monday, bringing wind gusts of more than 30 mph. There could be light rain with the front in northern Arkansas, setting the stage for possible light sleet or snow flurries in the northern two or three rows of counties, the National Weather Service said, adding that accumulations were unlikely.

For more information on protecting your plants, contact your county extension office or visit

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