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After a frost - what to do?

 
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psimitry



Joined: 22 Sep 2009
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Location: maricopa

PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:18 pm    Post subject: After a frost - what to do? Reply with quote

So Maricopa got frost bitten pretty hard the other night. Of course, I was out of town and my roommate wouldn't be bothered with it in the first place.

So I have a few plants that got hit pretty bad - my hibiscus, jalepeno plant (which actually survived the summer intact), and my lantana.

Of course, my lantana I already knew would have to be cut down to ground - is this a good time to do that?

With the remaining plants, does one simply cut off the dead material and hopefully be home to cover it next time or should I let it stay on until the spring?
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phoenixtropicals
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Joined: 06 May 2008
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Location: Mesa Arizona

PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Sounds like it got nasty out there in Maricopa. Actually, leaving the dead stuff on will help protect the plant next time. I'd save your major trimming until spring. I expect both your hibiscus and lantana to come back. I have had both of those types of plants frozen to the ground and come back. I don't think you need to do anything special. I never cut my lantana back, and they do fine, although I have heard of people doing that. I do trim them when they grow over the sidewalk etc.
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GermanStar



Joined: 17 Jun 2010
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Location: Fountain Hills, AZ

PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no reason not to cut ground cover Lantana varieties down to the ground -- it's the fastest, easiest way to clean 'em up. They come back in the spring looking sparkly and brand new. Lantana shrubs (like the type you've posted pics of before) are a different matter, but cutting 'em down is still a good option if they don't look good.
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