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Will my little herb plugs die from chilly nights if I plant them out today?

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SmallVera Fri 28-Apr-17 07:43:06

because I don't have the time, space or the pots to pot them on today. Lazy gardener alert.

I have parsley, mint, winter savory, chives, dill and fennel - all around 10-15cm tall.

I'm in the SW.

Thank you knowledgeable gardening MNers

P1nkP0ppy Fri 28-Apr-17 07:48:35

They should be ok, plant them somewhere south or southwest facing so they are sheltered from cold.

Iamastonished Fri 28-Apr-17 07:51:20

They might've OK where you are. They wouldn't where we live. Have you been hardening them off?

sunnyhills Fri 28-Apr-17 08:08:02

I guess you could put a sheet over them at night ?

loverlybunchofcoconuts Fri 28-Apr-17 08:12:25

Normally fine this time of year, but we've had a couple of nights down to 2 C or below this week, I don't think I'd risk them in that, would give it another week or two (put them out for some of the day tho, to help herden them off).

But if its not so cold down in sw, may be OK.

Ifailed Fri 28-Apr-17 08:13:49

can you harden them off for a while by putting them out during the day and bringing them back in at night? It'll give them a better start in the garden.

SmallVera Fri 28-Apr-17 08:18:57

Thanks folks. Their spot is west facing... I could cover them tonight. It's forecast to be cloudy with lows of 12 degrees tonight so I might get away with it.

SmallVera Fri 28-Apr-17 08:21:26

I could harden them off but I'm concerned that there's not much nutrition left in their little plug pots to leave them in there for a few more days confused

Ifailed Fri 28-Apr-17 08:24:06

it will check them for a while, but they do sound like they need potting up soon. If only there was a bank holiday or something coming up?

SmallVera Fri 28-Apr-17 08:26:37

grin Ifailed

loverlybunchofcoconuts Fri 28-Apr-17 08:32:44

Pay a child to pot them on?

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Fri 28-Apr-17 09:23:28

I think they'll be fine. It's warming up now anyway.

JT05 Fri 28-Apr-17 09:25:38

Plant them out, but make mini cloches, from plastic bottles, to pop over them at night.

pansydePotter Fri 28-Apr-17 09:37:02

I put my herb pots out last week and the are fine. They had got congested in the little pots so I think they were ready.

SmallVera Fri 28-Apr-17 10:12:18

Mini cloches - YES!

BarchesterFlowers Fri 28-Apr-17 23:01:11

My basil plug plant died from cold on my kitchen window ledge this week inside. Old house, double glazing not allowed!

I haven't planted anything outside yet this year but it is supposed to warm up now. We had snow on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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