On January 13, 2013 evening temperatures dropped close to freezing across much of Southern California. FOX 11 News reporter Christina Gonzalez ventured into the field to talk with commercial growers and nurserymen, including Alex Silber of Papaya Tree Nursery to see what they do to protect their plants, and to share some sage advice with backyard gardeners.
Alex showed the basics of using frost fabric, irrigation, ground clearance, and even Christmas lights to help fruit trees survive the chill. He also pointed out that ‘tropical’ plants can be surprisingly cold-hardy if cared for properly. (Video Courtesy of FOX 11 KTTV Los Angeles)