Borderline timing

whaas_5a(5A SE WI)April 6, 2013

Finally able to plant but I have a few plants that have swelling buds. Do I get them planted now or hold them for several weeks.

Just not sure if these swelling buds are are subject to freeze damage. Mid 20s are surely going to creep up in the next several weeks.

One is Carpinus and the other Hydrangea.

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arktrees(6b NW Arkansas)

I would protect them. Have run into the problem on shipped plants a number of times. The problem is not so much their state now, it's the fact that once the buds are activated, they ain't stopp'in. They can be slowed down some by persistent cold, but a warm day or two, and away they will go to get slammed by later cold. Also just so you are aware, some are seeing signals in the weather models that indicate that the March pattern may return again by the middle of the month.

Arktrees

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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thats the other thing I was wondering as to whether they'd just "pause".

I'm so impatient I planted the hydrangea but it was just barely showing a bit of green. I'll likely hold off on the Carpinus...such a pain to baby the thing for almost a month though.

Yes, I've heard April is supposed to be colder than normal. The damn 30s for a high return later in the week. So basically 20 degrees below the average high.

At least today warmed up pretty good to 58. I got quite a bit of transplanting done even though several areas had frost yet.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 10:34PM
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