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Unseasonably warm weather worries gardeners

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Some are worried about what a freeze will do plants that have bloomed during a warm stretch in winter. Credit: KMOV Some are worried about what a freeze will do plants that have bloomed during a warm stretch in winter. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Unseasonably warm weather has plants popping up all over St. Louis and experts worry a late freeze could cause damage.

The magnolia tree at the Missouri Botanical Garden is in full bloom, an unusual site for February.

“We're at least three weeks ahead of where we ought to be,” said Chip Tynan, a horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

He said an upcoming cold snap would cause some problems for the already blooming trees.

“If we have a hard enough frost, the tree might look like it has brown rags on it,” he explained

The worst thought would be if St. Louis had a repeat of the Easter weekend freeze of 2007.

“It left me with a feeling that I never want to see that again, extraordinary damage, leaves on trees were killed overnight,” Tynan said.

June Berry was out in her garden on Thursday and remembers that late freeze vividly.

“It almost killed two Japanese maples here, so I keep my fingers crossed,” said Berry.

Berry, like many around St. Louis, is seeing plants blooming all over her yard.

She said she’s not worried about an upcoming freeze.

“No blankets for me, I’m not too worried about the plants right now.”

Tynan said plants like daffodils are pretty hardy and won’t be affected by a freeze. If you're worried, you can protect delicate plants with a sheet or newspaper if a frost would come.

If you want to know how your plants will fare, the Almanac has a list of which plants survive in certain temperatures. 

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