As a cold snap is on the way, here’s quick advice from our horticulture team explaining how to best care for the outdoor plants you've just purchased. With the fluctuating night temperatures predicted (below 40° for this week, but not currently expected to be near freezing or below), we wanted to keep you informed about how to keep your plants warm and happy and avoid any possibility of cold damage.
Trees and shrubs will be fine. No need to worry.
Perennials that are established in the ground should also be fine. Chalet perennials planted this year should also be fine as they have been “hardened” naturally at cool temperatures.
Annuals + Vegetables: There are a few select annuals + vegetables you may want to take some extra steps to protect. Since we at Chalet are always very careful about selling tender plants before their time, we can’t think of anything that would be in danger of temps in the upper 30s. Still, always better safe than sorry. Plants in containers can be moved safely against the house, under an overhang. Containers that are too heavy to move, annuals/vegetables in the ground that you’re worried about: Consider placing stakes and tenting over them with fabric (sheets, lightweight blankets, or quilts) that will trap enough heat to protect. DON’T use plastic that may touch the plant and damage tissue.
Again, as long as temperatures remain well above freezing, most everything should be fine.
We hope this helps, and please feel free to email us if you have any questions.