FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The cold weather may have taken a toll on your plants and palms, but that doesn't mean they are a total loss.
Mayor Berg from the Riverland Nursery on State Road 80 in Fort Myers says you need to treat your damaged vegetation as though it's under intensive care.
He says you should reduce any additional stress while nursing the plants back to health.
Maintain an appropriate watering and fertilization schedule for your plant. Damaged plants tend to be susceptible to fungus after a freeze, so experts recommend using a liquid copper fungicide to minimize issues.
Many varieties of palm trees are cold tolerant, but for those that are not, like christmas, triangle and royal palms, some of the fronds may turn brown.
You may be tempted to cut the browning growth, but Berg says that's a bad idea.
He says while you may think the brown fronds are dead, the plant is still feeding off the frond for nutrients. Cutting of the frond is essentially starving the palm to death.
He urges you to wait until March when the temperatures rebound to make any decisions about trimming plants.
If you do decide to trim back fronds, do not remove more than 20% of the growth.