Overnight Freeze Could Threaten Spring Blooms

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Those pink magnolia trees that looked so pretty and confident of spring this weekend are in for a setback tonight.

It’s supposed to dip below freezing. KMOX’s Garden Hotline Host Mike Miller says sometimes spring can be cruel, especially to plants and trees that are in flower.

“Things like magnolias may be affected adversely, as far as the petals falling off,” he says. “It certainly won’t hurt the overall health of the tree, but the aesthetics may be gone, depending upon how low the temperatures are gonna go.”

Miller says pansies, crocus and cool season vegetables will be alright. But if you got overzealous and planted begonias and petuniasthey will have some real trouble.

He also says not to worry if you planted grass seed this weekend, because it hasn’t had enough time to germinate.

As for houseplants you may have put outside, tonight is a night to shelter them in the garage.

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