Impatiens in pots

diggity(zone 7)March 26, 2009

Can anyone tell me if it would be safe to go ahead and put some potted impatiens outside? I have an old bicycle and I want to plant some in a couple of clay pots and put them in the basket, but I wanna make sure it's ok to do so now. Thank you

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

If you can take them inside (garage, shed, etc) in the unlikely event that we get another freeze, I think they'd be fine.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 1:55PM
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I agree, I have already set my tropicals out but they are just in the driveway in case I have to haul them all back in.


    Bookmark   March 27, 2009 at 2:55PM
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I'm not sure I would put them out yet. Here in the Nashville area it is supposed to get down to 32 tonight. Our last safe "no frost" date is April 15. Frost will ruin Impatients. But if you take them in they would be OK. I'm too lazy to drag pots in and out. LOL!

Here is a link that might be useful: garden tips

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 7:52PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

It's probably best not to call April 15 a "safe no-frost date". It's just an easy date to remember that corresponds to the average last frost date for a lot of Tennessee. Some years will have frost days after that date.

Right now, says that 34 degrees will be the low for Nashville, but it could be wrong. Weather forecasters are always making mistakes or missing something. If I was in Nashville, I would probably bring in my tender things tonight just in case it gets lower than predicted. Especially after tonight, Nashville looks pretty safe.

There's a ten-day forecast on that site that can give you a good idea of the forecast for your particular area for the next few weeks. If temperatures in your area are predicted to be like mine (Knoxville), you can be reasonably sure there won't be another frost this year. BUT, it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for an unexpected late frost like a few years ago.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 9:00PM
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