Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Basic flower question

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Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Sempervivums Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1
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herrwood
Apr 10, 2017 1:55 PM CST
I picked up some outside flowers today at a local greenhouse, should have asked there but it was busy. I know that they need to be protected from frost but what I am trying to figure out is what is the minimum temperature they can be outside and still live. I'm in central New Jersey
The names are marigold, Impatient, zinnia and coleus.
Thanks
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Name: Cam
Maryland (Zone 6b)
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CAMfromMD
Apr 11, 2017 4:51 AM CST
You should be good to go to plant them but there's always a chance of an odd sub freezing morning until we get into the second week of May. Right now though, there isn't a day in our 15-day forecast that is even close to 32 degrees. I wouldn't think your weather is going to be much different than mine here in north central MD.

If you want to be safe, put them in pots that you can easily move indoors or don't plant them in the ground yet.
Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Sempervivums Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1
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herrwood
Apr 11, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Thanks it has been a warm winter I do not expect freezing just was not sure if temps like the mid 40's was too cold.
Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Apr 11, 2017 5:50 AM CST
Agreeing with CAM although they all will want warmer soil temps to really take off. Coleus Marigolds and Zinnias will do OK with a lite frost. Coleus and impatiens may suffer some damage from frost but roots should survive . Coleus will need shade along with impatiens. Zinnias and marigolds thrive in sun . Pinch off any flower buds from coleus to keep them going all season.

Ed, I see that you are in to cactus and succulents...you might want to check out our Mid Atlantic Plant Swap coming up the first Sat in May in Trenton! Several people are offering cactus/succulents on their trade lists. Here is a link. You will need to sign up/register here to access the trade lists for this swap.
https://garden.org/apps/swap/v...

Great people great plants to share
https://garden.org/apps/swap/s...
Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Sempervivums Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1
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herrwood
Apr 11, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Judy, thanks for the information on the plants . The swap sounds interesting and is close by will have to think about it .
Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Apr 11, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Great Ed! And you really don't have to have oodles or even one plant to swap to attend.
Hope to see you there!
Judy

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