Please help us save our plants! April 23, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in gardening.
Tags: container plants, frost and container plants, protecting container plants
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!