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Thread: When to bring in (First week in he sub-40s)

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    When to bring in (First week in he sub-40s)

    So I awoke to 39 degrees out on the porch and a weather advisory telling me that it's just going to be colder. Apparently tonight it's going to be 29 as a low.

    The highs for the week are staying in the mid 50s, and the weather service just issued a freeze watch:

    http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...st?query=83301

    ... Freeze watch in effect from late tonight through Thursday
    morning for the upper and lower Treasure valley and the western
    Magic Valley...

    The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a freeze watch...
    which is in effect from late tonight through Thursday morning.

    Surface high pressure building in behind an exiting upper level
    trough will lead to clearing skies and light winds Thursday
    morning... allowing overnight cooling to be maximized. Low
    temperatures through all valleys will be in the upper 20s to mid
    30s from around 3 am to 9 am Thursday morning.

    Precautionary/preparedness actions...

    A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible.
    These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.
    Since I plan on putting my plants in the freezer for the winter, is it time to look at that, or should I give them one last week or two in those temperatures?

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    They can tolerate light freezes.

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    Yeah, I'm thinking ahead. I lost my first VFT because I left it outside... of course, around then the lows were in the single digits for weeks at a time, so... Since I now have some specialty cultivars out there, including the new D'Amato sarras, being a bit conservative.

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    I wouldn't bring them if they are going from ~30 F-> ~70 F. I'd move them to the garage or attic or fridge, anything that is still cool.

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    Moving them isn't an option, unfortunately -- I'm in an apartment. When's a good time to move them in, whent he highs are int he low 40s?

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    I leave my plants outdoors until nights are below freezing on a regular basis..usually early November..
    if we have a few nights around 30 or a light frost, I dont worry about it or move the plants..
    I figure a light frost actually helps the dormancy process!
    a few nights slightly below freezing isnt a big deal..
    but if it was a stretch of nights at say 25-30, then I would move them into the garage..if its still too early for "putting them away for the winter"

    Since I plan on putting my plants in the freezer for the winter
    I assume you mean refrigerator? not freezer?

    Scot

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    er, yeah.

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    Mine stay outside as long as it stays above 25.
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