There is never a dull moment when you are gardening in Colorado! If the spring storms are beating up your garden, here are some tips to help them recover!
- You can apply organic Bonide Copper Fungicide as soon as possible after the storm on your plants’ wounds. This will help prevent fungal infections.
- Keep as many remaining leaves as possible. If more than half of a leaf is intact, leave it and let it create energy for the plant.
- Remove broken and shredded leaves, stems and branches.
- Fertilize lightly. Liquid kelp, fish emulsion and compost tea will help the plant come out of shock and get back to growing, without overwhelming it. Do not use a heavy duty fertilizer.
- If you have nothing but stems left, replace your plants. Peppers and tomatoes take a long time to mature and new plants will do better than damaged, rebounding plants. If you are not sure if a plant is salvageable or not, follow this rule: if your plant does not have new growth in a week, tear it out and replant
- Root crops with no foliage probably won’t recuperate. Give them a few days to allow them to regrow. If they don’t, pull them and plant again, keeping in mind how many days they need to mature.
- Remove flower stems and damaged foliage from perennials.
- Prune damaged or broken branches with clean, sharp tools. Your trees and shrubs will produce new leaves, but depending on the damage, this can take up much of the plant’s energy. Mulching your plants can help support your plants as they regrow by helping conserve their water and energy. save your plant’s water and energy.