San Antonio nurseries prepared for the winter storm, and it resulted in minimal damage for some

Nursery owners across the San Antonio area spent the weekend assessing their losses from last week’s winter storms and gearing up for their busy season.

Daniel Keith with Rainbow Gardens on Bandera Road says he’s still trying to gauge how much his business lost due to the storms. He said it could be several weeks before some of the merchandise begins to sprout -- or not -- for the spring season.

“It could have been much, much worse. We feel very lucky. We worked very hard over two days to either cover stuff with a cloth or put it in warm spaces,” Keith said.

He says every greenhouse, building tent and part of the store was filled with plants, shrubs and trees. He used propane heaters to keep them warm.

“The propane heaters don’t work without electricity, and we lost power several times. That actually helped us conserve propane,” Keith said.

“I want to make it very clear that none of the nurserymen that I know will be jacking their prices up just to take advantage of the situation,” Webster said. “But some prices will be higher because a lot of us will have to import plants from much further away. And of course, with the cost of diesel and transportation these days, that always raises the price of it.”

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