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Flowers, crops could be at risk in freezing temps

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Strawberry crops covered because of freezing temps at an Upstate farm. (Mar. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) Strawberry crops covered because of freezing temps at an Upstate farm. (Mar. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Just a few weeks ago, the weather was warm and many people were out in the yard planting flowers.

But those flowers could all freeze during the next couple of days as temperatures dip below 32 degrees.

Alan Walcher, who owns Country Boy's Garden Center in Greenville, said if you have soft flowers like geraniums, their tops should be covered with a sheet or a pillow case. If they are in a container, bring them inside. He said most flowers and plants will withstand the temperatures outside.

"If you've got rose bushes or any perennials that are coming up now like daylilies, don't even worry about those," said Walcher. "They are hardy and will be good down to about 22 or 23 degrees."

Walcher said people don't even have to worry about the tulips. They can withstand a frost, too.

But farmers and their crops, however, are at Mother Nature's mercy over the next few nights.

"Farmers are the ones who are in the worst situation, especially on the peaches. The peaches I saw the other day are in 50 percent bloom. I even saw one variety that is up to 75 or 80 percent bloom," said Walcher.

Since peaches are in bloom they are at a high risk for frost damage. Farmers are hoping high wind will prevent frost from settling and protect the peach blooms.

Strawberries, however, will withstand better since they can be covered or insulated with irrigation.

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