Vegetables and Fruit forum: Vegetable Tolerances for Cold Nights

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Florida (Zone 8b)
Mar 6, 2018 7:23 AM CST
This is only my second summer trying a garden, so my knowledge and experience is limited.

I live in Florida...where it's hot...except for the next week. The next week has nights in the low 40s and a night or two between 36-39. I've got okra, corn, various squash, eggplants, tomatoes, and cucumbers in pots. They're a little over a month old. Currently, they're spending the nights in the garage, and I move them outside during the day. I'm ready to get them planted in the garden beds, but I'm worried the low night temperatures over the next week will harm/kill them.

Is it ok to go ahead and plant them, or do they still need to live in the garage at night until night temperatures get back up to the 50s and 60s?

Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Mar 6, 2018 8:50 AM CST
Even here in the frozen north it is good idea to wait till the nighttime temps are in the 50s before planting outside for good.
Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland
Mar 11, 2018 12:52 PM CST
I am a newbie as well, but I would wait. Give them a few more weeks. A few years ago, I rushed them out because I was excited, and regretted it all summer.
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
Garden Photography
Mar 11, 2018 6:31 PM CST
I'm in Florida too and I'm moving plants in and out of the garage! I won't admit the large amount of experience I have, but do intend to wait until next weekend to plant tomatoes and peppers. The eggplants should go out around April 1--they cannot tolerate any cold weather. The okra can't handle it either. Cucumbers? Don't know ... I would play it safe.

Good luck with the choices you make. Please let us know what happens.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 12, 2018 1:54 PM CST
I've been ERR'ing to side of caution also.
How big are your plants ?
You could get some hot-caps, or make some yourself out of wax paper. Google for instructions.

Be very, very carefull with the okra plants, not to disturb the roots or the soil at all. There about the hardest thing to transplant there is. Most, if not all, will probably die.
So don't blame yourself.

Ttfn All 👍
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland
Mar 12, 2018 2:26 PM CST
I keep plastic bottles with garden staples in them for hot caps--and always have a few hanging around for plants that go out early and need some help. I cut the bottoms off of a two liter bottle, toss the cap, and then make slits in the bottom for the staples. It has worked surprisingly well for fragile plants. I am going to have to use them this year--several of my peppers are getting ready to wrestle me to the ground every time I water them.

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