Which plants need cloching?


Frost tender plants can be encouraged to grow far more quickly under cloches and one group of plants, the cucurbits, benefit from the extra warmth overnight. This allows them to photosynthesise for longer and squash, courgette and outdoor cucumber plants that are grown under a cloche will usually double in size within four weeks. Early strawberries also need protecting from spring frosts, so they too will benefit from being tucked up under a cloche. Tender ornamentals, including Salvias and Melianthus major (to name just a few) can also benefit.

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