In Colorado, what starts out as a regular
rain storm, may turn into a full blown hail storm faster than you can
react. Not only does hail cause major property damage to your residences
and vehicles, but your gardens suffer, too!
<-- Golf Ball sized hail; picture from the Mid-June hail
storm in Centennial.
The bigger the hail, the faster it falls,
the worse off us ground dwellers and our property will fare.
"Terminal velocity of hail, or the speed at which hail is
falling when it strikes the ground, varies. It is estimated that a
hailstone of ... 0.39 in in diameter falls at a rate of ... 20 mph, while
stones the size of ... 3.1 in in diameter fall at a rate of ... 110 mph." (2018).
Hail happens, so what can you do about
Invest in hail resistant plants!
According to this author from CSU
CO-HORTS, these plants fared well after a rather intense hail-storm:
small-leafed trees (honeylocust, linden, maples and crabapples/apples)
trellised to fences/structures (honeysuckle, silver lace vine)
These plants bit the dust (literally):
cucumbers and other cucurbits
(but may recover, since edible part grows below ground)
Wikimedia Foundation, 23 July 2018,
Agents, CSU Hort.
“What the Hail!? Plants That Stood Up to the Ice Bombs.” CO-Horts,
11 Aug. 2013,