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Frost/freeze tolerance of Valerian and Echinacea transplants?

 
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Hello all,

I started some Valerian and Echinacea Angustifolia 8 weeks ago. Our last frost date is 4 weeks away, and this week we could get temps dropping to about 32.

The plants are already hardened off at least to sun (outdoors all day weather permitting) and they are outgrowing their seed cells so I would really like to put them in the garden (otherwise I have to transplant to larger cups).

Some sources say they are frost tolerant but is it really safe to put them out? After 8 weeks I sure don't want to lose them and have to start all over again!

Any/all advice would be appreciated.
 
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Hi Lucrecia!  My hometown is in middle Georgia.  Local old-timers say "Don't plant anything outside until after Easter."   So that's the rule I follow.  I usually begin planting about a week or so afterwards.
Never lost a young plant to frost.  So if you want to try some folk wisdom - Easter falls on April 1 this year.
 
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Denise Massey wrote:Hi Lucrecia!  My hometown is in middle Georgia.  Local old-timers say "Don't plant anything outside until after Easter."   So that's the rule I follow.  I usually begin planting about a week or so afterwards.
Never lost a young plant to frost.  So if you want to try some folk wisdom - Easter falls on April 1 this year.



Thanks! Yeah I am waiting until April to put out the veggies (sheesh the peppers are already 2 months old, they will be the size of trees before they go out lol).

Today I ended up repotting all the Valerian and Echinacea into larger cups anyway so I might as well wait. Better safe than sorry. Though I do have some poppy transplants that need to go out so I will focus on that and wait on the rest.
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