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Nov 24, 2018 1:46 PM CST
My heat turned off while I was away for the long weekend. I came home to an apartment that was slightly below 40 degrees and wilting plants. I have a satin Pothos and two spiderplants that seem to have been the most impacted by the cold temperatures. What can I do to save them?
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Name: seil
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Nov 24, 2018 2:12 PM CST
Put them in a warm spot and give them some water for a few days. They should perk up. Once they look better you can move them back to the windows where it's cooler.
Name: Rick R.
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Nov 24, 2018 7:07 PM CST
Got the chills? Let's get you all wet.... you'll feel much better. Sad

Watering when a plant that has the chills is never a good idea. This is true for any plant that experiences temps colder than what it is adapted. Water exacerbates the problem, and also aids fungal attack because any plant not adapted to that temperature is not going to be able to fight off disease as efficiently. If the plant needs water, wait until the soil has warmed up to an amenable temperature, then water with tepid water. If it doesn't need water, don't water!

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Name: Christine
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Nov 24, 2018 10:09 PM CST
I agree with Rick, I'd leave them alone for a few days, let them warm up now since you've turned you heat up
Name: Erica
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Nov 27, 2018 8:46 AM CST
40 degrees is chilly but shouldn't kill them. I'd give them a couple days to warm back up then continue on with your normal care with them. I agree with waiting to water. I wouldn't really do anything special to them, just leave them alone for a couple days and they should perk up just fine!
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Dec 1, 2018 7:09 AM CST
Spider plants are hardy where I am. 40° is nothing to them.
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