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Pull in the plants; freezing nights ahead

The ravages of a cold winter have passed, unless you are a tender-leafed annual.

Below-freezing overnight temperatures in the Truckee-Tahoe area have plant experts warning that the investment many area residents made in annuals, perennials and shrubs in the last few ” warm ” weeks could be harmed over the next several nights.

With temperatures dipping into the mid- to upper-20s through the weekend, Sarah Trebilcock of the Villager Nursery in Truckee said plants should be taken indoors or be covered with blankets during the night. Treblicock said plants can normally endure a night or two of below-freezing temperatures, but prolonged exposure can be deadly, particularly for tender annuals, recently planted perennials and tomato plants.



“We’ve had cold temperatures in June many times, but it hasn’t been quite this cold,” Treblicock said.

If plants cannot be taken indoors, she advised carefully covering them with “frost cloth” or Agronet. Blankets should be supported so they do not weigh down the plants, she said.



Temperatures will vary in the region, with the North Shore of Tahoe likely to be somewhat warmer than Truckee, Treblicock said.

” Sun staff report


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