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Floyd, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 17, 2010
5:11 PM

Post #7637079

I am sowing under lights right now. We had about 90 days of snow cover well before it
was time to put the jugs out. I wasn't able to get any outside, but the weather is warming
up and the snow is gone. I am going to do several jugs but not like last year (140 types
of perennials.) There were a lot I never got into the ground.

Question. I have a trunk full of perennials from a greenhouse. The temps will get down
to 32 degrees about 7:00 am for an hour or so. I have put a gallon+ of very hot water in
the trunk in the middle of them. I think they will be OK considering how briefly it will be
freezing. What do you think?
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2010
6:22 PM

Post #7641758

Hi gloriag,
Considering that your plants are inside your car's trunk and you have a water-container of hot water in with them, I would think that they'd be fine for an hour of 32 F..
Actually, now that I look at the date of your post (2 days ago) you probably know the result already! Did everything come through OK?
Floyd, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 19, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #7641778

Yes, they made it. Now they are under a sloping shelter and have to make it
on their own unless we get frost. If that happens, I will put remay over them; it
gives 4 degrees of protection. Thanks for the advice though.

This morning was wonderful. I went around to black plastic pots to see if any
perennial seedlings survived the winter and many of them did. In addition, I am putting seeds in those deep plastic cells so they can germinate soon. I am
just nuts about seedlings and germination. At least I have met some fellow
garden obsessives here. This year I am determined to grow delphiniums and oriental poppies to bloom next year. I fail regularly on them.

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