Did your plants suffer from the recent FREEZE? Read on!
The recent hard freezes in the Mojave have resulted in many phone calls to the MG Home Gardening Help Line (702-257-5555). Leaves of affected plants have turned brown (cannas, lantanas, tropical bird of paradise) or the leaves have turned pale and mushy (aloes, succulents, some agave and cacti).
Ideally, wait until after the danger of another hard frost is past before pruning damaged plant material since the old, crispy leaves can provide protection to the root system. (In Las Vegas, frosts have occurred as late as mid-March.) If you decide to prune now, keep an eye on the temperature and cover your plants if a freeze is predicted. Use sheets, blankets or burlap (not plastic which can freeze where it touches the plant.) For succulents, the mushy areas can serve as a breeding ground for bacterial rots, and these areas should be removed. Then, keep your fingers crossed and hope for new growth!
For other gardening quesitons, email the Master Gardeners or call the Help Line.