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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Mar 9, 2018 3:53 PM CST
I just purchased these two bags of plants. There's still snow on the ground with more to come this week so I can't plant them outside. I'm not sure what to do with them now. Should I put them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator, unheated shed or an unheated bedroom. Should I open the bag and add a few drops of water. I was going to plant them in pots but then I realize that my potting soil is outside Frozen. So that's not going to do me much good
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Name: Daisy I
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Mar 9, 2018 3:59 PM CST
I always put them into the crisper drawer unopened. I suspect adding water would cause them to rot and the inconsistent temperature of the garage, spare bedroom or shed would encourage them to think it was spring and start to grow in the bags.
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Mar 9, 2018 4:46 PM CST
There would have to be excessive moisture in potting soil for its' "frozen-ness" to be much of a factor or cause it to take very long to thaw. With such a short season as Z4, (what week do you have summer?! LOL!) I would fill a pot with it & pot-up the plants in an hour, or the next day, whichever was more convenient, then install in the ground when possible (w/o any of the potting soil, just the regular ground soil.)
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