Potted young palms vs zone 9 winter* advise please ASAP
In the fall, I purchased a 18 seedling palms, most of them are all different . They are now all planted in 1 gallon containers. The weather is getting very close to 40 at night. I live in Polk county /Central Florida that is in Zone 9 ( I havenÂt figured out the 9a vs. 9b.). HERE are my questions;
* I have an unheated shed, I donÂt believe it freezes in there. Should I move my potted palms into the shed until spring?
*If I do should I cover them, for added protection?
*Will they go into a dormancy?
*Will I need to water them?
*Should I take a chance since they are all supposed to be ÂCold HardyÂ and leave them out.
*Should I cover them when It looks like the weather temps will dip below 40 degrees.
Last year I bought 20 palm seedlings. I lost 19 of them. I have to admit I did not pay attention to the zones
I am from Washington and my mind set was Florida doesnÂt get cold. Get real. It took one winter her to blow that fantasy out of my mind. That is why I bought all Cold Hardy varieties this year.
I have been a member of Garden web for years. One thing I have learned over the years If you need a straight answer of expert advice from reputable gardeners you go to GW.
The weather is changing quickly and I need to make a decision ASAP.
SO any and all advice is totally appreciated