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Early snowstorm to have lasting impacts on household plants

Snow falls on the I-25 signs Tuesday morning.
Snow falls on the I-25 signs Tuesday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 5:41 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Usually as temperatures get cooler, plants have time to prepare for the winter, except when there’s a freak snowstorm where temperatures drop dozens of degrees overnight.

“Plants in Wyoming have to be tough in terms of having to survive winter alone. The thing that just happened that’s really hard for plants, is that the temperature dropped so quickly,” said University of Wyoming Extension Horticulture Specialist, Chris Hilgert.

“Annual plants are done for this year now. Herbaceous perennials will be ok for the most part as they will die back to the ground anyway. Trees and shrubs have buds already formed for next year and were susceptible to damage,” said UW Extension Horticulture Specialist, Karen Panter.

“The buds on the plants don’t develop flowers or don’t leaf out in the spring because those tissues were potentially killed from that extreme temperature drop,” said Hilgert.

Hilgert said people should be cutting back on flower planting. He also said if residents have a chance during warm temperatures in the winter, water your trees and shrubs, it could help when it comes to spring.

For more tips you can visit UW Extension’s winter bulletin here.

Hilgert and Panter said to keep an eye out for for damages around your house as spring comes. Experts at UW Extension are more than happy to come check residents plants and give advice.

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