Category: Winter damage to plants
Winter Storm Uri is over, but residents of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi are coping with damage to their landscapes. Everything looks terrible, and our first inclination is to go out and water and fertilize.
A lot of sagos and palms won’t make it after the freeze. Both are tropical or semi-tropical plants. Some sagos and palms can withstand freezes down to 20 F, and there are a few varieties of palms that can withstand 10 F.
I do plan to take my own advice (if I have the stamina, patience and intestinal fortitude) and wait until early spring to prune everything. But when I look at my once-beautiful plants, I feel like Dr. Strangelove, my hand uncontrollably drawn to my left-handed pruners instead of the “button.”