The cold winter temperatures can cause serious damage to many of our plants. An early winter anti desiccant spray can help. This waxy coating serves as a layer of protection to the leaves of broadleaf evergreens, conifers and tender stems helping to insulate and slow down the process of transpiration.
Susceptible Plants Include:
- Broadleaf evergreens: Including azaleas, boxwoods, hollies and rhododendrons
- Conifers: Including arborvitae, cedar, cypress, juniper and pine
- Tender stems: Including rose canes and hydrangea stems
If you are concerned about winter injury, consider using an anti desiccant spray.
Some tips to remember:
- Always follow the directions on the product carefully
- Pick the best time to spray: Anti desiccants should be applied when temperatures are approximately between 40-50 degrees and with no rainfall in the forecast. It is best for the foliage to be dry when sprayed and the coating needs time to dry.
- Don’t spray early
- Spray thoroughly: Spray the entire plant
- Be aware: Check to be sure the plants you are spraying need to be sprayed. For example, blue conifers do not need to be sprayed because they have a natural coating of their own.