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Protecting Plants, Flowers From Frost

May 15, 2014, 6:00 PM by Matt Holsen

Protecting Plants, Flowers From Frost

Record cold temperatures will bring back frost Thursday night. If you have plants and flowers outside, you're going to want to protect them. One Sioux Falls business has been doing just that and it's quite the undertaking.

Freezing temps are leading to frost in parts of KELOLAND. They're also causing headaches for those who work with plants and flowers.

"It's been a lot of work. It's cost us a lot of extra labor but what we believe in doing is protecting all our product," Doug Schroeder said.

Schroeder, a longtime buyer at Lewis, has been checking in with each store as crews pack and then unpack, trying to keep these signs of spring from being frozen.

"We have to bring extra people in to tear a compound down like this and put it away. We basically un-assemble everything every night and then bring it out in the daytime for people to shop. So it's a lot of extra labor," Schroeder said.

If you don't have a place inside to bring your plants and flowers, the best advice is to cover them up.

"We cover it with either frost cloth or anything we find. We'll use sheets. The worst thing you can do is put plastic on plants. That holds the cold into them and it will cause extra freezing actually," Schroeder said.

Another tip Schroeder has is to turn a sprinkler on right before sunrise. The water temperature will protect the plant. Advice many will put to good use with more cold weather on the way.

"Record lows tonight, it will be the same routine. We're going to be protecting what we have and making sure it's in A-1 condition for everybody," Schroeder said.

Lewis uses its greenhouses, which are heated by propane, to house most of their plants and flowers during the cold.

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