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Please help us save our plants! April 23, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in gardening.
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The Genius of the Weather clearly has it in for us. After temps reaching the high 80s throughout late March and April, we’re predicted to hit 32-degree-F. lows at least twice this week here in scenic PA. Okay, so we’ve kept our tomatoes and other hot-weather transplants snugged up in our greenhouse. And we hope our greens, cole crops, and etc. are cold-hardy enough to survive these unseasonable dips.

So what’s our problem? It’s that we’ve hauled out the 50-odd container plants from our greenhouse to condition them before cleaning them up, potting them up if necessary, and bringing them onto our deck for the growing season. These include everything from amaryllis, walking iris,¬†and clivia to cannas, citrus, figs, and bay trees.

Needless to say, we’ve rushed our most cold-sensitive plants back into the greenhouse. But oh God, we really, really don’t want to have to haul them all back in there! So we’d like to know what you think. Would throwing a tarp on top of them at night provide sufficient protection, or are we deluding ourselves? Please. Help. Us. Thanks!

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1. Goodness Grows - April 23, 2012

I have had some experience with this as well. It’s been one wild and wonderful spring in PA. Good luck with your plants and I hope you don’t lose too many.

Thanks, and same for yours! Looks like now they’re saying it won’t get that cold, thank goodness.

2. deb - April 23, 2012

I find a sheet works better.

Thanks, Deb! It would be easier on the plants, too.

3. Lea - April 24, 2012

At 32 F, I would haul them back inside. Covering would be okay for mid 30s, but really, you are talking freezing temps, and its possible that you might get below freezing.
Hang on, warm weather is coming!
Lea
Lea’s Menagerie.

Thanks, Lea! We came to this conclusion, too. Poor our friend Ben hauled them all back inside while I was cooking, bless his heart.


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