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Businesses scramble to save plants from May snow

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With cold temperatures and snow Thursday night, some area businesses are preparing for the worst and scrambling to do so.

At Heartland Nursery in Lee's Summit, MO, plants as well as customers feel the cold.

"I've already got some plants and I've been taking them out, then dragging them in, taking them out, dragging them in for weeks," Sandra Smith, a gardener from Shawnee, KS, said.

And with the cold blasts it's only going to get worse, which is why Heartland and other area nurseries have been keeping a close eye on Chris Suchan's forecast.

Some of the plants they sell are very fragile and Heartland said it's the snow fall that's got them on the move.

"There could definitely be some damage. Whether it be breakage of the branches with the weight of the snow or just the cold temperatures might be just cold enough to damage some of the foliage," Kevin Keilig with Heartland Nursery said.

It's the same story over at Nuts and Bolts hardware at 95th Street and Nall Avenue. Their mass exodus of plants from outside to inside began early in the morning. It takes 40 man hours to move them inside, then another 40 to get the rows and rows of plants back outside.

It's a massive inconvenience, but workers said it's worth it.

"When it gets down to below about 35 or 36 (degrees) you've got to protect them. If you put plastic on them, that will burn the plants so you got to get them out of the weather and get them inside where you can save them," store manager Kent Schaper said.

Roadside nurseries that were getting ready for Mother's Day are now just trying to save their plants.

Angelo Casa, the owner of Angelo's Nursery, hates cold weather. When he saw the weekend forecast for early May, he said he freaked out. A lot of his yearly business depends on Mother's Day and, if his plants die in the cold weather, that's trouble.

That's when quick thinking and a very nice landlord next door came into play.

"I just asked him, he is a pretty nice guy to work with and he said, ‘go ahead and use it' and thank God," he said.

Casa got to work and, three hours later all the plants at risk outside were safely stored inside the old Dairy Queen next door at 85th Street and Wornall Road.

It's not the most ideal storing area, but it works and if the snow continues, Casa will be okay.

"Normally this is supposed to be a busy time, but no one thought this time of year we could get this kind of weather, so you plan like a normal season," he said.

While it's already too late for some plants, business KCTV5 spoke to said they should stay blooming as long as it warms back up by Sunday.

Heartland Nursery said, if you can't get your plants inside Thursday night, try and cover them, or at least lay them on their side, if possible, to protect branches.

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