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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Tropical Plant Nursery, and host of Florida Gardening heard on 970 WFLA AM Sundays from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Today, we are going to talk about protecting your plumerias from the cold weather. You know as you know we always get cold weather down here in Florida and a lot of us have plumerias out in the landscape. Well, there's a couple of different things you need to know to protect from small to large plumerias from the cold. Let's start with our big plumerias and what things you are going to need to go ahead and protect your plants. Today, we are going to need a little bit of newspaper. We are also going to need a pair of pruning shears. And we are going to need some twisty tie tape that we use to tie our plumerias up. First thing that you got to know is that if you have a large plumeria like the one I am standing below right now, there's really no way to protect it from the cold weather when your plumeria is up over the roof of your home. However there are a couple of things that you can do. First of all, if the weather man comes out and says, hey, today is the day that we are going to get the cold weather, the best thing that I suggest to people is to go out and take a couple of cuttings off of the prized plant or tree that you might have in your yard. And take those cuttings inside and keep them in there until the cold weather has passed. Remember, if your tree freezes you'll still have some cuttings to start that tree from over again. If you have a large plumeria and you can't take any cuttings off the plant, or you don't have any that are available there is a sure fire way for you to go ahead and protect your plumeria stem from the cold weather. And one of the best insulators for plumerias during the cold weather is newspaper. Just gather up some newspaper and wrap it around the actual stem of the plant, just like I'm doing here. And then we are going to get a little bit of this green twisty tie tape and we are just going to tie that area off. And we are going to do this up and down the whole stem of the tree. It won't take you very long to go ahead and do it. Just tie it off. And then do the next segment, the next segment all the way down the plant. Even if you get tip die back on your plant your tree will still be alive after the cold weather. Hey, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Tropical Plant Nursery hoping you protect your plumerias just like we do.