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Quick ways to protect plants from frost

Some of the plants we grow can be damaged by frost, or require some winter shelter when young. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so rememer to check the weather forecasts for frost alerts and take steps to protect your favourite flowers and crops.

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There are many quick ways to protect your plants from frost, and you can enhance the protection you provide your plants with by insulating greenhouses and cold frames. You can even make your own mini-cloches for seedlings, or provide other tender plants with a fleece or hessian wrapping.

Take a look at our feature to discover some of the quick ways to protect your plants over winter.

Use a coldframe

Young hardy plants, including autumn-sown hardy annuals, hardy shrub cuttings and seed-raised perennials, will benefit from the shelter of a coldframe over winter. Open the lid on warm days to prevent overheating and deter fungal diseases.

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Cover with cloches

Giving winter crops protection from the worst frost and wind can make all the difference to their survival, and may even allow small harvests. Use cloches to protect broad beans, curley parsley, hardy lettuces, peas, salad leaves, spinach and Swiss chard.

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Bring plants inside

A frost-free greenhouse is invaluable for wide range of plants. Insulate it with bubble wrap to retain heat and bring in abutilons, aeoniums, agapanthus, citrus, echeverias, fuchsias, pelargoniums and salvias. Conservatories and porches can also be used.

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Lift and store

Tender perennials that have spent the summer in borders can be lifted as soon as frost has checked their growth. Store the roots in a cool but frost-free place. Do this for cannas, ginger lilies, chocolate cosmos, dahlias, gladioli and tuberous begonias.

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