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January 8th, 2014 - Tips to survive "Winter's Bite"

Surviving Winter's Bite

Sometimes plants do die in such cold weather as we are having in Arkansas this week. Most die when people push their luck and try to grow something that isn't hardy in their area, or when winter becomes extraordinarily cold for an extended period or shows up too early. But under normal circumstances, plants don't just sit there wishing they could go inside-they acclimate in stages.

As summer days grow shorter, plants begin "freezing acclimation" by producing hormones that slow growth and induce dormancy. By the first hard frost, they are ready for freezing temperatures, and for beginning the second stage of their preparation.

The year's first below-freezing temperatures freeze the water found between plant cells. Since there is now more liquid water inside the cell than outside, osmotic pressure draws some of the water out of the cell, where falling temperatures cause it to freeze as well. Inside the cells, the concentration of cell parts increases as more water is drawn out. The more concentrated the cell parts, the lower the freezing point. So down to a particular temperature, different for each species, the cells themselves won't freeze, and the plant will survive. Below that temperature, the plant will suffer die back, starting in its branch tips because they are thinner and more exposed to the cold. But branches are expendable. The soil and any snow cover insulate the roots somewhat; if the roots survive, so will the plant.



Spring in Winter

It may be cold outside but you can have spring indoors this winter. Place colorful potted plants such as bromeliads, cycleman, lush foliage plants, blooming bulbs such as paper whites, and any plant that is healthy and colorful around the house. Remember to place your plants in vibrant colorful pots as well for that spring feel.

I water most of my plants once a week. Actually, I check them for water once a week. If they are very moist then I don't water until the following week. You may want to invest in a Moisture Meter. This device is great. It rates your plant to let you know what it's moisture level is. How easy is that!

December 18th, 2013 - Garden tips and Stocking Stuffers - watch now

December 11th, 2013 - Homemade Ornaments and Stockings - watch now

November 27th, 2013 - Holiday Designer Challenge - watch now

November 13th, 2013 - Winter Plants and Homemade Ornaments - watch now

November 6th, 2013 - Winterizing Plants and Thanksgiving Table Decor- watch now

October 30th, 2013 - Winter Flowers and Thanksgiving Decorations - watch now

October 23rd, 2013 - Here are some great Halloween TIps - watch now

August 28th, 2013 - Snail Patrol - watch now

August 21st, 2013 - Dealing with Destructive Ivy - watch now

August 14th, 2013 - Bird Feeder Chandelier - watch now

August 7th, 2013 - Deadheads and Donuts - watch now

July 31st, 2013 - Beach Decorating - watch now

July 24th, 2013 - Water Sensible Gardening - watch now

July 17th, 2013 - Rose Kiling Virus - Chris tells you all about it

July 15th, 2013 - Summer Decorating ideas - watch now

July 4th, 2013 - Fun and Festive ideas - watch now

June 12th, 2013 - Outdoor Votive Candle Chandelier - watch now

June 5th, 2013 - When to plant Hydrangeas - watch now

May 29th, 2013 - Spring Decor with FLAIR! - watch now

May 15th, 2013 - Shady Fancing and Day Lilies - watch now

April 24th, 2013 - Arkansas Symphony Designer House - watch now

April 17th, 2013 - Spring facelift for your garden - watch now

April 10th, 2013 - Plants that LOVE heat - watch now

April 3rd, 2013 - Flowering Trees - watch now

March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

March 20th, 2013 - Basic Winter Chores - watch now

March 15th, 2013 - Getting Ready For Spring - watch now

March 6th, 2013 - Easter Decorating - watch now

February 27th, 2013 - Easy Indoor Plants - watch now

February 20th, 2013 - Winter Chores - watch now

February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

February 6th, 2013 - Hardy winter plants and Valentine's Gifts - watch now

January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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