Caring for Hail Damaged Plants

Caring for Hail Damaged Plants

Colorado gets pelted with hail several times over the growing season.

Nothing is quite so discouraging to a gardener as watching the hail demolish the plants you’ve been tenderly caring for in the garden.

If you are new to caring for hail damaged plants, it is important to take the right steps to help your plants recover.

Use these tips, and before you know it, your garden can return to it’s full splendor!

1. Wait to Trim or Pull Out Damaged Plants

Once you see the broken stems and demolished flowers, the first thing you want to do is trim them up and get them looking healthy again.

WAIT!

The plants actually need the damaged leaves for photosynthesis. Leave them in place to help the plant heal.

2. Immediately Add Mild, Organic Fertilizer

A hail storm puts your plants into distress. Feeding them lightly with an organic fertilizer gives them the energy they need to start healing.

Good options of organic fertilizers include:

Fish Emulsion
Seaweed Extract
Worm Compost
Compost Tea

Hail Damaged Plants

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3. After 7 to 10 Days, Trim Any Brown or Dying Leaves 

Within 7 to 10 days, it will be easy to identify which stems and leaves have been damaged beyond repair because they will begin to turn brown and wilt.

Carefully remove any leaves that show no signs of recovery.

4. After 2 Weeks You Will Know What Plants to Replant or Reseed

Unfortunately, a traumatic hail storm can damage some plants to the point of no return. If your storm occurred early enough in the season, try reseeding.

If you only have a short growing season left, it may be better to replace the plant with another plant.

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