The Q&A Archives: Can trees and shrubs purchased stay outside?

Question: Hello, me again! Thank you for all of your advice in the past. My question is in regards to some trees and shrubs that I recently purchased at a nursery auction. We live in zone 5 and today the temperature only reached 40 degrees with sleet. I am not sure what they are calling for temperature wise for the next few days, but I think maybe they are saying it will dip down into the 20's one night.
I am wondering if the plants I purchased, which are all in pots, are okay to leave outside in these temperatures. I spent quite a bit of money and don't want to take a chance of losing them! Right now they are sitting on the east side of a garage on cement. Should I try to move them inside? Covering them up is out of the question. It is way to windy out here in the country. It would probably do more harm than good! Thanks for your time and have a great day! Jeanne

Answer: If you purchased your plants from a nursery where the plants were already sitting outdoors, they should be just fine outdoors in your yard. Try to find an area protected from winds and set them close to the house or garage, under eaves if possible. Group them together so they provide some protection to one another. I think your plants will be just fine until the weather warms a bit and you can get them into the ground.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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