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Old 03-26-2020, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello! So I have several Manzanos that I overwintered in the Garage in 15Gal Pots. They ended up doing really good and are looking great.
Now, With these Temps rising and heating up the Garage more I am concerned that if I don't move them outside they could suffer more damage. But It is still to early to risk planting them in the ground. And If I move them out and they start to grow I might not be able to get them back inside.
Any suggestions on what to do. Looking at the 10 Day forecast from the Weather Channel (which is more like 14 days) the lowest temp is 37 with most days being in the 60s as a High.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello! So I have several Manzanos that I overwintered in the Garage in 15Gal Pots. They ended up doing really good and are looking great.
Now, With these Temps rising and heating up the Garage more I am concerned that if I don't move them outside they could suffer more damage. But It is still to early to risk planting them in the ground. And If I move them out and they start to grow I might not be able to get them back inside.
Any suggestions on what to do. Looking at the 10 Day forecast from the Weather Channel (which is more like 14 days) the lowest temp is 37 with most days being in the 60s as a High.
Thanks for the help.
Great issue to have.....
The ten day is my bible in the spring....but mine are in containers.
I am good as long as it does not freeze....
The Weather Channel is good for +- 15 degrees

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Unless they are already almost too tall to get in and out, I would not worry - they will not grow that quickly. Besides if you turn them on their sides, you can move almost any size.
So, I am a bit confused as to the problem.
I personally would ot take out if 37 - wonder what others think - I would fear would shock them into longer dormancy . . . Here in 6b or 7 (This year 7a) I just took ours out - min forecast 40, but have protected corner of stone root cellar where radiation from walls should keep 45 or even a bit more. Still worried about shock as they have been happy at 48-50 all winter, but they are looking a bit peaked, so thought better to give them some fresh air and light. (The large ones 8 -9 foot p stems, some no root ball, others with a little dirt are already growing some leaves (barrely) in the cellar, but as these will go straight into ground, am waiting a couple more weeks and thought when planting out to dump 10 or 15 gals hot water to get soil warmed up, then mulch it. Anyone ever try this??
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Unless they are already almost too tall to get in and out, I would not worry - they will not grow that quickly. Besides if you turn them on their sides, you can move almost any size.
So, I am a bit confused as to the problem.
I personally would ot take out if 37 - wonder what others think - I would fear would shock them into longer dormancy . . . Here in 6b or 7 (This year 7a) I just took ours out - min forecast 40, but have protected corner of stone root cellar where radiation from walls should keep 45 or even a bit more. Still worried about shock as they have been happy at 48-50 all winter, but they are looking a bit peaked, so thought better to give them some fresh air and light. (The large ones 8 -9 foot p stems, some no root ball, others with a little dirt are already growing some leaves (barrely) in the cellar, but as these will go straight into ground, am waiting a couple more weeks and thought when planting out to dump 10 or 15 gals hot water to get soil warmed up, then mulch it. Anyone ever try this??
They are all very Tall. Have been all been in 15 Gal Planters in Garage where temps have been 40-50. They are all about 7-8 ft stems with a leaf or two poking out and tickling the ceiling in the Garage. After today all low temps at night are in mid 40s to low 50s per Weather Channels 10 Day forecast.
I did uncover my Basjoos last weekend and they instantly started pushing ne growth.
I might just take one or two Manzanos and plant them this weekend. That way I can keep the others in the Garage for a bit longer in case Temps suddenly crash and would only lose the two in the worst case.
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