With the warm weather we’ve had in Tallahassee and the Big Bend the past few days, it’s tempting to get outside and start trimming the foliage damage from the freezes we’ve had this winter. But don’t do it just yet. Those brown, dead fronds and leaves actually help protect the crown of the plant from further cold damage.
Pruning back the dead leaves also signals the plant to start growing again, and that tender new growth will be much more susceptible if we have another freeze. Next time, your plant might not survive. The forecast for Thursday night (Feb. 27) is 29-33 degrees F., and it’s likely will have another freeze or two before spring finally arrives. The last frost-free date for our area is March 15.