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Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost
    #669973 - 05/10/13 09:45 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)

I have a few plants outdoors about 2 ft high that recently were moved from a green house.

They are out in the fields, but I see that Tuesday in my region we are suppose to have a frost of -1 Celsius.

What is the best way to cover them?


I was thinking I could take a couple of plastic garbage bins and cover them or throw a blanket over them.

Problem is that I wont be able to return for a couple of days.

Will it set them back going a couple days without light if I was to cover them with a plastic pale?


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: sloantbone]
    #669976 - 05/10/13 10:24 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Well its easy for me to say from my arm chair...but they should be fine.  Frost can slow down a flowering plant but it usually takes a hard freeze or quite a few consecutive frosts to kill a reefer plant


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: Angus]
    #669977 - 05/10/13 11:10 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Im wondering the same. I have alot out and i cant cover them up???


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670046 - 05/10/13 09:11 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

I talked to a few people who are growers....and it appears that weed plants can handle a bit of frost with no problem.

So i am not going to bother to cover them for that one night when it might drop to -1 C


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: sloantbone]
    #670048 - 05/10/13 09:21 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Sweet I just found out its going to get down to 35 on sunday and 38 on monday! I hope all my hard work doesnt get killed


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670051 - 05/10/13 09:29 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

your going to be fine as long as it not like that for a week striaght


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: itsaconspiracy]
    #670052 - 05/10/13 09:30 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

I hope Ill keep you guys updated thanks


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670153 - 05/11/13 08:00 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Well my paranoia got the best of me so this is what I did.
I cut the bottom off and put them over the plant and took the cap off the top. What you guys think??


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670155 - 05/11/13 08:11 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

your babies look fine


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: itsaconspiracy]
    #670162 - 05/11/13 08:57 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

For now the frost is coming sunday and monday


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670164 - 05/11/13 09:03 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

well cover them with some plastic to keep up the temp. and humidity


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: itsaconspiracy]
    #670165 - 05/11/13 09:08 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

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well cover them with some plastic to keep up the temp. and humidity




LOL I put it in my previous post that i cut the bottom off the mike jugs and put them over them and took the lids off!


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670167 - 05/11/13 09:25 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

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budgrowerwannabe said: LOL I put it in my previous post that i cut the bottom off the mike jugs and put them over them and took the lids off!


:foreheadslap: ok didn't see that sound good


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: itsaconspiracy]
    #670499 - 05/13/13 06:48 AM (3 years, 6 months ago)



This is what i could bring in! Every thing else got covered with milk jugs!!


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670535 - 05/13/13 02:40 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

lovely plants budgrower :loveeyes:

Do the plants you cover with jugs touch the plastic? I heard that the plastic can actually get colder then the air and could cause damage if they are touching. I don't know how accurate that is though and have never tried it myself.

This is what I've heard

"Plastic seems like a good idea for frost protection, but it's just too thin to provide any insulation to plants. Since frost forms when leaf temperatures dip, simply covering the plant isn't going to be enough to protect it -- the trick is to use an insulated covering to capture heat that's radiating from the ground. Plastic that touches plants is even worse than no protection in many cases, since it can hold moisture against plant tissues and cause more serious freeze damage. However, when used as a row cover or placed directly on the ground around a plant, plastic can be an effective tool in the battle against frost"

Better Coverings
In general, you should toss plastic covers out of your emergency plant supply closet, but thick bedspreads, cardboard boxes and heavy curtains are still winners. Just ensure that when you cover your plant, the cover reaches the ground, trapping warm air under the plant's canopy. The better the cover does this, the safer your plant will be from frost. In areas where frost is frequent and unpredictable, gardeners often erect tall stakes or forms around their frost-sensitive plants so they can drape their covers over the plants and secure them without worrying about the coverings bunching or blowing away in the night.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/not-cover-plants-plastic-frost-67563.html

I think plastic can still work decently to keep some warmth in and protect from cool winds, just as long as it isn't touching


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: Hime]
    #670561 - 05/13/13 04:59 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Did your milk jugs work ??!!


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: USAlien234]
    #670569 - 05/13/13 06:43 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Well I wont know till tommorrow because the last frost in tonight? we see


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670703 - 05/14/13 02:05 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Well some look a little crappy with water on the leaves?? But I think they will make it.
Im not posting all them on here.


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: budgrowerwannabe]
    #670716 - 05/14/13 03:23 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

:awethumb: thats good to hear


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Re: Outdoor Grow & Risk of Frost [Re: itsaconspiracy]
    #670730 - 05/14/13 03:59 PM (3 years, 6 months ago)

Looks like an otherwise healthy plant that hasn't seen the sun in a couple days :thumbup:


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