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Can I leave my elephant ear outside?

Posted by mcgyvr2009i Schenectady, NY 5b (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 31, 13 at 10:08

I have bought a couple of elephant ears last summer, and I have overwintered them indoors. The package says hardy to 15 degrees F. Tonight it's going to go down to 40*F and tomorrow night + the night after + the night after that, temps are supposed to reach 26*F + 27*F and then 27*F again before finally going to 34*F.

They overwintered perfectly last night for elephant ears who have been indoors with themperatures at 70*F all winter long, with some wilting maybe even some defoliation, when temperatures went down to maybe 25 or less. I don't know just how far though.

Before finally bringing them in for the winter, they dealt with temperatures down to 28*F and have recovered as if no frost ever happened. It was really awesome. Now, enough of my bragging, how far down can they go in a pot? Can they go down to 27*F for two nights in a row, with highs at 47 (day 1) 37 (day 2) and 35 (day 3)? Will they be fine or will they die? So, help is appreciated. Thanks.

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