Wet, cooler weather on the way, but plants will be OK

kward1@herald-leader.comMay 13, 2014 

Wet, chilly weather is on the way, but shoppers who took advantage of Tuesday's sunshine to buy flowers should not have to worry about it getting cold enough to damage them.

After storms late Wednesday, highs Thursday and Friday are expected to reach only 58 to 60 degrees, with overnight lows of about 40, according to WKYT-TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey.

University of Kentucky horticulture professor Bill Fountain said the cool temperatures shouldn't create problems for flower and vegetable gardens.

He said the highest temperature at which it frosts is 36 or 37 degrees.

"It's going to be a refreshing cool period," he said, and then we'll get the heat of summer.

When those warm days return, Fountain said it will be especially important to keep plants well watered to stave off damage as a result of the prolonged cold last winter.

"You don't want them to wilt down," he said.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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