The Q&A Archives: can I plant my shrubs now? it's only 23 degrees outside

Question: I just purchased my shrubs a couple of day's ago and now the weather is cold and windy.. can I plant them now or do I have to wait? they are johanna azalea and green velvet boxwood shrubs...

Answer: This depends on how they were kept before you bought them. If they were growing outdoors and had been outdoors for several weeks, then they should be fine to plant as long as the ground is not frozen. If they were stored in a greenhouse or hoop house and are very tender, have new growth or blooms, you should hold off until the weather settles. When temperatures are below freezing, set them in a garage or other sheltered place that is cool -- above freezing but below 45 degrees. When temperatures are above freezing, set them outside in a sheltered area with morning sun. Protect them from the wind and water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist. Good luck with your plants!

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