Plants show damage from winter

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Plants around the state are showing the aftereffects from the last winter.

At Purdue, several plant species have wilted leaves and dead ends. Stress from the 2012 drought and the cold winter this year have even killed a few plants.

“Stress can actually build up in a plant. If you have one stress such as drought, insects, disease, etc. They’re going to be more susceptible to other things down the line,” said Kyle Daniel, Purdue Nursery and Landscape outreach specialist.

Daniel said he expects most of the plants to recover. However, he said they will hold off on cutting off the dead limbs for now.

“We want to make sure that the plants are not going to come out of it…Budding this year has been extremely late. We’re recommending waiting (to trim dead parts) until Memorial Day,” said Daniel.

In addition to the cold temperatures, Daniel said the amount of salt used this winter has gotten into the ground, causing the roots of some plants to dry up.

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