The Q&A Archives: When Can I Plant New Plants Outside In New York

Question: I just bought a few new perennials. They were shipped to be the other day and said I should plant ASAP.....Yet we are still to cold here On Long Island to plant. What is the earlist time I can plant a new bare root plant outside. It is now March 24, 2000.

Answer: Dormant bare root plants should be planted upon receipt so they can wake up naturally with the season. I know this is hard to believe, but it is true. Perennials have a built in cold tolerance. The rooting process can begin early, as soon as the soil reaches about 40 degrees, and then the tops will come out of dormancy on the same schedule as they would had the plants been there all along.

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