If your plant looks like this after a freeze—
January and February are the coldest months in NE Florida and plants can be damaged by low temperatures. But with your help,
cold-damaged plants can often recover.
AFTER A FREEZE:
Watering around the injured plants can help defrost the soil and provide your plants with needed moisture. Even injured plants need water.
DO NOT FERTILIZE
This could encourage new growth before cold weather has gone. It's best to wait until spring to begin fertilizer application.
Once the danger of frost has passed,
an application of fertilizer can help speed recovery.
DO NOT PRUNE BACK, YET.
The dead foliage looks bad but will help insulate plants from further injury. In the spring, assess the extent of the damage by scraping the bark with your fingernail. Cold-injured wood will be black or brown under the bark. To be certain where to prune, you may wait until plants begin
to sprout new growth.