For years, scientists have been working tirelessly to find an anti-freeze solution that can shield palm trees from cold temperatures without causing harm.
A significant breakthrough in this quest has recently come from the collaborative efforts of researchers at the University of Alabama and Miami University, led by Dr. David Francko. Their achievement is FreezePruf, a groundbreaking antifreeze solution.
FreezePruf is an eco-safe spray that enhances a plant’s natural cold tolerance by approximately 2 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. This innovative formula provides protection both externally and internally, bolstering the plant’s inherent “anti-freeze” properties and its ability to withstand damage from ice crystals.
In essence, using FreezePruf can make your plants feel like they’ve moved 200 miles south, equivalent to about half a USDA hardiness zone.
Is FreezePruf Safe?
Absolutely. FreezePruf is an eco-friendly, biodegradable product. It poses no harm to humans, animals, or the environment and will not damage your plants. It can be safely used on ornamentals, fruit trees, and vegetable plants.
How It Works
The unique formula of FreezePruf consists of five different ingredients that synergistically work together to provide more significant benefits than they would individually. Here’s what these ingredients do:
- Strengthen the plant’s cell walls.
- Lower the freezing point of both extracellular and intracellular compartments in plant tissue by dehydrating them.
- Enhance leaf absorption to help the solution penetrate leaves effectively.
- Prevent the solution from being washed away by rain and snow.
- Improve the plant’s natural “anti-freeze” properties.
How to Apply
Using FreezePruf is straightforward. Apply it generously to the entire palm or tropical plant 8-12 hours before an expected freeze. The best temperature for application is above 50°F. This protection is guaranteed to last for up to 4 weeks.
Many gardeners, like myself, apply it seasonally in late fall and early spring to ensure our palm trees are well-protected from cold weather. Don’t forget to reapply every 4 weeks, especially after heavy precipitation and when new growth appears.
Where to Buy
While you might not find FreezePruf in physical stores, it’s readily available from trusted online retailers like Amazon. Ordering it online is a convenient way to ensure you have access to this valuable protection for your precious palm trees.
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