February is among us, which means it’s late winter. As each day gets a little lighter and longer, gardeners increasingly have the urge to get back to growing their own vegetables. Most people know the ideal season to begin gardening is spring but for those of you who have a little less patience and are eager to get started sooner, planting early is a possibility, when done in the correct way. The major advantage of planting your fruits, vegetables or flowers a little earlier is that you allow more time for your crops to grow to their full potential.
However, there are important issues to consider when it comes with planting early, especially with regards to proper precautions being taken towards protecting young plants from very low temperatures. Low temperatures cause colder air temperatures and colder soil temperatures. In locations such as the UK, this can be highly detrimental when there are uncertain weather conditions in terms of consistency.
Coldness comes and goes… what’s the big deal?
While some people may think that the once the cold weather has gone, their plants will revive and take back their healthy form, that certainly isn’t the case. Plant cells are actually damaged when temperatures drastically fluctuate, which as highlighted before can be a major issue for locations like the UK where the weather can be unpredictable throughout the day, let alone throughout the season. Repeat freezing and thawing of plants can even destroy cells and in turn prevent further growth.
There are simple ways to reduce the chances of frost damage such as selecting planting positions that avoid and reduce ‘frost pockets’ or to avoid exposing plants to early morning sunshine. However, tasks like this may seem tedious when there’s so much work and effort that goes into gardening already.
While you can’t completely control the conditions in your garden or green-house, you can alter how your plant reacts to the cold weather conditions and have more success planting early! Our product Early Starter acts as an anti-freeze stimulation for plants, helping them to endure temperatures below 5°C. This is achieved by biologically encouraging plants to focus on root growth, resulting more strength to access nutrients that achieve more resilience to weather conditions.
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