Frost Cloth - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by judybeeler
October 28, 2010
The October newsletter mentioned frost cloth, which I need to cover potted hostas. My local store does not stock it, nor can I find it in your online search window. Any suggestions about where to locate it? Thanks.

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2010
Frost cloth isn't necessary in your gardening region which is probably why it is difficult to find in garden centers. But, you can use Reemay spun polyester fabric which is often sold as "row cover" material if you need a temporary cover for your plants. Here's the low-down on hostas: they go dormant in the winter months so there will be no above-ground foliage to protect from frost. However, if they begin to sprout early in the spring, you'll want to keep the Reemay handy to cover them overnight if a late frost threatens.

Hosta roots are reasonably winter hardy in Atlanta but because yours are growing in containers, you may want to insulate the containers to keep the soil and roots from freezing solid. You can bury the pots in the ground or you can wrap insulating material such as bubble wrap around the pots.

Hope this clarifies things for you.

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