What’s that old saying about Indiana’s weather? It’s something like, “If you don’t like our weather, wait for five minutes and it will change.” We can have warm, even hot weather in the early spring as we’ve had in 2012. Everything is blooming early and then, suddenly, we get hit with a frost and freeze warning.
So, should you be worried? Maybe… but don’t panic! Here’s what I recommend…
- Bulb Flowers – They will be fine, no need to cover them up.
- Pansies - These are hardy cool weather plants and they will be fine.
- Flowering Shrubs – they will be fine.
- Vegetable Seedlings - cover the soft young seedlings of vegetable plants that may have been started by seed
The general rule is that temperatures in the 30s and upper 20s will generally not be harmful to most plants.
If you are still worried and in doubt, you can still cover your plants. However, I strongly recommend using a porous material such as a bed sheet. Use plastic as a last resort. If you do use plastic, you need to remove it first thing in the morning before the sun comes up. If you don’t, the plants will heat up rapidly and may cause more damage than if you had just left them uncovered.
I hope this helps ease your mind. And don’t forget to stop by and see us at Allisonville Nursery for all your gardening needs!
~ Jeff Gatewood