All this fabulous warm weather had to end, right? It is still March after all.
Temperatures for the Lower Hudson Valley are forecast to go down to anywhere from 25 to 28 degrees tonight, a long ways from the 70s we’ve been enjoying.
If you have any tender plants in pots on your deck or patio, bring them in.
Don’t worry about pansies—they’re cold hardy to 22 degrees.
“All summer vegetable seedlings – tomatoes, peppers, anything like that – need to come in,” says Dianne Olsen, horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam. “All soft-leaved annuals, like basil, need to come in.”
If you’ve put out any geraniums, bring those in, too.
If you have new leaves on any rose bushes that you bought this year, Olsen suggests throwing a pillow case over them to protect the plants.
Most fruit trees should be fine. Olsen says there is some concern about the grapes farther upstate, where temps are supposed to dip into the teens.
No one has apple blossoms yet, so no worry there. Same for peach and plum trees, she says.
She has some concerns for cherries, but there’s really not much you can do about those trees.
Got daffodils in bloom? No worries, they’ll be fine. In fact, any bulbs that have begun to emerge (like tulips) will be unfazed by tonight’s chilly weather.
In general, one cold night should not be a problem for most of the plants in your garden. Looks like warmer weather will be back for the rest of the week.