Weather Not Stressing Plants Yet

by Emily Baird on April 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

Plants across Southeastern Ohio are experiencing all kinds of weather this week.

Severe storms this weekend dropped pea size hail in Zanesville, which could potentially have minor damage on the hay crop or vegetable crops, such as rhubarb and asparagus.

"Probably the biggest damage potentially would be to fruit. We see the fruit crop just beginning at this point. So, if you get some nicks and cuts on the fruit at this stage, it can be very devastating to a fruit crop, " says Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Program.

But now there’s the threat for some frost overnight. Mechling says plants are used to this back-and-forth, warm and cold weather in Ohio.

"Plants, to date, have not been stressed. Now, as we look at temperatures below 32 degrees and potentially even in the mid 20’s, that’s when we see some damage occur, " says Mechling.

The frost can potentially cause the plant cells to explode and kill them. Mechling says covering plants with cloth instead of plastic is a good idea, or you should think about bringing your plants inside.