Late frost poses risk for sensitive plants Monday night

By: Chelsea Priest

You may have spent some of your weekend, planting flowers and gardens. Now, tonight the threat of frost may kill or damage some of the those sensitive plants.

Connie Jacavone who owns Jacavone Garden Center in Johnston, says that Mother's Day weekend is always the time of year that people think the threat of frost is gone and it's safe to plant. She says, that's not always true, “in actuality we have to wait until the last full
moon in May to really be safe.”

This year, that last full moon in May is late, May 24th to be exact. Jacavone says, “Everybody wants to put their tomatoes in to get
a head start it's just that it's still kind of early and if you get a frost on
it, it'll set them way back, they may even burn all the new growth.” In fact, if the frost does burn off the new growth on the sensitive plants, they could be set back almost a month. “That's kind of defeating the whole purpose of
planting vegetables. So, people feel like they are getting a head start in
actuality if we get a late frost you're further behind than anyone planting at
the right time.”

Not all plants and flowers will be affected by the cold weather, pansies, mini carnations and really any perennials will be resilient. For the other plants and flowers that have full blooms, Jacavone says to cover them tonight, “Well you can use just about anything that you have in the
house, you don't have to go to the store to buy frost blankets, you can use
burlap, you can use a light sheet, a light blanket.”