Fluctuating temperatures can create havoc for spring plants

Spring time has started, and that means a lot of people have the urge to start planting

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright found out the fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on plants.

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Henry Hunter, a customer at Knollwood Garden Center, says he is getting ready to plant and is thinking about his garden.

“Eating vegetables fresh out of the ground, there’s nothing like it,” he said. “Right now, I’m buying spinach seeds. Even with a light freeze, it can handle it.”

John Scott of Knollwood Garden Center says certain plants are in demand.

“This is the time of year, we’re starved for color,” he said. “Pansies and violas are cool season plants.”

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If temperatures fall below freezing, Scott says his pansies will still survive.

“We’ll throw a sheet over them just to keep the bloom pretty. The plant will be just fine,” he said.

It’s too early to find a lot of warm weather plants right now, such as annual ferns, but Scott says people who buy them now will continue to grow them indoors until it’s warm enough to move them outside.

While many people wait until Mother’s Day to start planting, asking an expert on how to protect your plants during fluctuating spring temperatures can help you start early.

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