East Tennessee Greenhouse asks customers not to buy plants

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – With freezing temperatures and snow expected this weekend, staff at Stanley’s Greenhouse said it’s probably best not to buy any plants until it warms up.

Plant Buyer Sarah D’Onofrio said: “I’m sure anyone who comes here today [Friday] feel the same as me. Just hoping things don’t die.

The freezing temperatures caused some like D’Onofrio to do different things to protect their plants.

“Actually, I have no idea what to do. It’s very strange. I was just going to put some blankets in there and hope for the best really,” D’Onofrio said.

It may be a guess for some to put covers over the plants, but it’s something Abby Stanley, the retail manager of Stanley’s Greenhouse, said could work. Putting light blankets or sheets over the plants will help them.

“You just want to trap as much heat as possible. If you’re going to cover, you’re going to want to do it early in the day,” Stanley said.

This company doesn’t want to stop customers from buying plants, but they want to make sure they’re getting a quality product. Stanley therefore asked them to wait a bit.

“If you want to buy it and turn it off, that’s your decision, but you might have to buy it again or bring it, which is a bit taxing,” Stanley said.

Whether people buy plants now or later, some try to stay optimistic.

“Fingers crossed, hopefully we don’t get too much snow,” D’Onofrio said.

According to Stanley, the best time to get all your plants will be after April 15th. She said that’s likely when the freezing temperatures stop for the season.

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