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Old 04-02-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation Ruh Roh! Gardening Help Please!

It seems I've jumped the gun!!

I was busily working in my garden on Saturday. I put out Snowfix, Violas, Pansies, Daisies, Dyanthus, Hens & Chicks... plus the we've moved the palms out side.

Well... it seems that our temps are preparing to plunge!! Wednesday night will drop to the 20s... and the following days will have highs in the 30s and lows in the mid to low 20s.

Now what??

The snowfix are in a half-barrel, that is half filled with with rocks.
3 big planters full of Violas (totally moveable, but big)
Violas, daisies, pansies, dyanthus all small pots.
Hens & Chicks small terra cotta bowl
Palms - BIG pots.

Is moving everything together and covering with a sheet sufficient?
Should I pull everything into the house that's moveable?

Oh yeah... did I mention there's a chance of snow on most of those days??

I would really appreciate any help you can offer.

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Old 04-02-2007, 01:51 PM   #2
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Cover everything you can, and move to a sheltered place what you can move. A sheet may not be enough protection. I use lotsa heavy flannel sheets, sleeping bags, synthetic quilts.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:57 PM   #3
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The palms should DEFINITELY come back inside. The rest should be fine - with or without light cover.

It's way too early to move tropicals outdoors. Covered or not - you run a serious risk of losing your palms by putting them outside this early.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:00 PM   #4
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if you are expecting lows in the mid to low 20's, you will need to protect those plants.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:54 PM   #5
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It is a shame that you put your plants out so early expecially when the cold weather. The Palms should come inside and try and cover everything else and if you have any shelter put them there.

I hope they all survive.
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:57 PM   #6
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Around here, we put up a tepee over the plant and put a light in through the top to help keep the temp wamer for the plants during this time. Just try not to let the tepee material touch the plant.

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The palms should DEFINITELY come back inside. The rest should be fine - with or without light cover.

It's way too early to move tropicals outdoors. Covered or not - you run a serious risk of losing your palms by putting them outside this early.
Breezy is right. Get your palms in. The other things will be fine...in fact, snow will be helpful, because under it's blanket, the plants won't get below 32 degrees.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:10 PM   #8
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hey, spryte, the National Weather Service just changed my forecast for this weekend. They are now predicting a low of 18 degrees F , and I believe you are a bit north of me
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:31 PM   #9
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You might consider buy some straw and using that as insulation. The straw will not only insulate your pots (and protect any exposed spots) but will also generate its own heat (no joke!). Not only that, but you can then use it for compost or your flower beds once the warm weather returns. I've been doing this for years in a region that gets below 0 and so far so good.
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:40 PM   #10
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I was wondering about my plants too - my hostas shot up and are about 6" out of the ground right now. We've had a warm and sunny week and tomorrow will be 80 but the next day will be a high of 40. Will the hostas be OK? I also have purple sage coming up and other perrenials are about an inch or two out of the ground.
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