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I have plans out - I know I'm early, but my house was busting at the seams with all my flowers I started indoors. Do you think I should cover them when it's going to be about 40 at night the next 2 nights?


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Are the flowers: Annual or perennial? Are they in the ground or in trays? Were they hardened off?

Tender annuals hardened off and planted in the ground would benefit from a cover.

Perennials hardened off and planted in the ground for a while will be ok.

If any are in a tray sitting on the ground either cover or move to a building. Don't use plastic for a cover.

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Don't use plastic to cover? Why?


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I know that plastic will kill plants if it touches them in a freeze. I use plastic pots to put over my plants, or use a raised cloth like a sheet if needed.Generally though, I only cover if it is going to get to mid to low 30's. However, I don't know what your highs will be.


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Thanks for letting me know. I have plastic on some - but have that cheap fence around them with the plastic on top of that, so it's not touching them. But last week I did get some that looked like they got 'frostbit' and I bet that's what happened!


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Look for a product called floating row cover. If one gardens in cold country this is a must. It's a lightweight material with many micro holes. Price is reasonable. I paid $7 for a piece 30 feet long and 10 feet wide. Since it floats over plants it doesn't need supports, it lets sun in, moisture out and doesn't cook the plants if the cover will be in place during the morning. It dries quickly draped over a rail or table and rolls up for storage. I do pin down the corners with garden staples if wind is called for.


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