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Postby 06Honda » May 13, 2013 2:09 pm

?ooks like frost tonight, 1 night only here in our region. I planted some perewinkle a few weeks ago and added some root booster at that time. Do theses need to be covered tonight? If so what is the best way to do it for the 1 night of frost we are geting. Temps look to be around -2Celsius or 28.4 F
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby CG admin » May 13, 2013 2:40 pm

Hi there,
Bedsheets work in a pinch, but you could also create cloches out of recycled milk jugs or pop bottles, or use old wine glasses or a punch bowl to cover your plants!
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby 06Honda » May 13, 2013 3:03 pm

Thanks for the post Tara. I have some burlap laying around, its the type with small mesh squares. Would this work?
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby CG admin » May 13, 2013 3:17 pm

To be honest, I'm not 100% sure, but I think as long as the plants are protected, it should be ok!
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby Countryboy » May 13, 2013 4:26 pm

Periwinkle is native so is used to Spring temps. A degree or two of frost shouldn't hurt them.

Covering them with burlap couldn't hurt tho... ;)
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby 06Honda » May 13, 2013 7:34 pm

I ended up using a cover similar to these that allows air in the top so water won't build up inside of the walls. Found some local for a $1.25 each.

http://www.thegardencloche.com/pages/What-Is-A-Cloche.html
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby Canadian Ent » May 13, 2013 8:59 pm

How about lilac and crabapple blossoms - both still in a very early stage?
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Re: Frost & Plants

Postby CG admin » May 13, 2013 10:02 pm

Great idea with the cloches! Not sure about blossoms on trees...
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