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Is it ok that the temperature will be 30F while pots exposed?

Posted by njbiology Zone 7(/6b)%3B NJ (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 5, 13 at 19:03

Hi,

I sowed some native wildflowers and grasses (native to zone 6 - and colder) into 4" biodegradable small pots (using prepared potting as soil substrate). I didn't get a chance to plant these into the mulch where, being buried so that just the top portion is at ground-level, they would receive some insulation from deep freezing ambient temperatures.

Is it ok that the temperature outside at night (for the next few nights - before I get another chance to plant them) will dip down to 30F? (the substrate is very moist and will be rained/snowed upon). If not, will being placed into an unheated 10' x 10' shed be a big help?

Thank you,
Steve


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RE: Is it ok that the temperature will be 30F while pots exposed?

From the information you've given I think the plants will be just fine. Assuming germination hasn't occurred yet, the seeds will decide when it is best for them to start growing. Having freezing temperatures and rain/snow is good for most native seed as it mimics what would occur in nature.

Here is a link that might be useful: Improved Ecosystems


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