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    Record Low Temps

    I'm in Mississippi, and occasionally we see temps below freezing, but this year it has been colder than I remember it in a long time. We've already had snow, which happens only once every few years, and we are supposed to have some more this week. We are having lows in the low teens with highs not getting out of the 20s. This is highly unusual for this area, and I'm losing a lot of plants in my greenhouse because of it. My little space heater that has always been good enough for our weather is not cutting it with these super low temps.

    I have NEVER worried about my sars during the winter. This is where they grow naturally, after all! But I got a lot of new plants this year, and a lot of them came from California and they are not used to these kinds of temps. I'm wondering if I should move everything into a greenhouse, or maybe at least put a plastic Wal-Mart bag over each pot to protect them from the wind until things warm up a little more.

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    Bagging might not be a bad idea. Do you have snow or wind? Snow works well to protect Sarrs, but wind is the enemy in the cold. Make sure they're in some standing water/ice so they don't dry out and get freezerburn. The best defense against unseasonable freezes, in my experience, are rectangular pots that you can crowd together with no gaps. In any case, pack your pots closely together to slow their freezing and thawing.
    If you feel comfortable with it (not worried about pests, etc.,) you could put them in your greenhouse. You might want to section the coolest side off with plastic so you can ease your temperates into the greenhouse temperatures. Do you have a volume of water in there as well? If you can find a big barrel or tub, fill it with water and put it where it will get sunlight in the greenhouse - near the heater is good too. Water (and the additional plants) will hold more heat than air, which should reduce the load on your heater.
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    I am going to go out there and water everything in just a little while. Yesterday the plants in the greenhouse were looking kind of wilted. The heat sucks the water right out of them. I think it would be easier to bag the sars than to try to move everything into the greenhouse. I have too many of them.

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    have you mulched the bejeesus outta them? my mulched sarrs always deal with the winter weather better than those I havn't...

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    No, I haven't mulched anything. I never have to! They always make it through the winter just fine with no help from me. We never have temps this low though. I'm thinking I might just suck it up and move them into my greenhouse for the next 2 weeks until we get past these rediculously cold temperatures.

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    oh I feel ya, my temp last night was -6. even for us this cold is ridiculous for such a prolonged period of time

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    had a few days so far where the high for the day wasnt -6.....still got a bit till the real cold hits
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    you know... as soon as I saw you post on here I already knew I was going to be made to look like a weakling haha

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