Zone 9 Tropical over wintering questions

akaj9(9 Central Florida)November 1, 2011

Every year I give into summer temptations for tropicals, we get a bad freeze and I loose most everything .... I have just started containers, instead of putting everything in the ground, and was wondering...I have an open barn 30x30, if I move them into the barn during the winter will they survive 32 or lower weather? They wont get frost because they are covered, but what about temps alone, even if protected? I really want to try some tropicals again.....:(

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judyk_2008(9 DeLeon Sprs)

It all depends on the types of tropicals. If your barn is open, it will probably be the same temp as outside, just no frost. You could throw frost blankets over them in the barn. That might be enough but still a gamble. I had frost blankets on my peppers and papaya but lost them anyway. My lime had christmas light under the blanket and made it. I think one cold night at a time isn't too bad, but when you have repeated nights of freezing like the last few years, they just can't make it. I've lived in my house 15 years and the last couple years have finished off most of my hibiscus's.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 2:45PM
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akaj9(9 Central Florida)

Thats what I was afraid of....

    Bookmark   November 2, 2011 at 10:53AM
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