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May 6, 2020 10:00 AM CST
Terre haute, Indiana
I planted bare root hostas about 3 weeks ago. We are going to have an unexpected freeze, thehostas are starting to sprout. How do I protect them?
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May 6, 2020 10:31 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Get out some cardboard boxes or buckets and cover them for the night.
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May 6, 2020 10:40 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Hostas here in the lower Great Lakes Region will not be bothered by a night or two below freezing. I have a forecasted low of 27 degrees for Saturday morning. I am not concerned.
If it was 15-20 degrees, well then I would be.
But that is just me. You can use boxes like Daisy suggested, old comforters, old sheets, frost blankets, anything to protect them. The ground is not currently frozen so if you can block the loss of heat from the soil by a comforter, that might keep them at 35 or slightly higher. That should be more then enough.

Plus they genetically can cope with temperatures around 32 degrees.
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May 6, 2020 10:48 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Newly emerging hosta shoots are prone to frost damage. The plants won't die but the first leaves may unfurl with rips and boo-boos.
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May 6, 2020 11:58 AM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
I have a bunch of clear 2 L plastic soda bottles I cut the bottoms off and use them in the garden all the time... like a temporary mini greenhouse.
Not only are they good to protect things from occasional light frost, but they'll keep chipmunks from chewing on seedlings, they're great for making mulching easy so you can throw it around without crushing tender new plants, and leaves a nice 4" diameter gap around the base of plants, and also to keep humidity high for seed germination
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