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After the Deep Freeze, Wait to Clean up the Garden

Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Allen Owings
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LSU AgCenter
Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Credit Allen Owings / LSU AgCenter
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LSU AgCenter
Banana plants exhibit cold damage in the trial gardens at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.

Temperatures dropped down to around 20 degrees in the Baton Rouge area during the recent arctic blast. A freeze this severe can cause significant damage to tropical plants, even plants that were covered or otherwise protected. 

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Dan Gill
Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

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