- Thu Nov 02, 2023 7:48 pm
I wouldn't worry about getting them in shelter until you are dropping below 30 for multiple nights in a row. The idea is that you want to protect them from two things. First, you don't want the pots to freeze at night and then thaw during the day. A solid freeze for a few days is better than a freeze/thaw cycle for a few days. Second, you don't want the plants to get dried out. If the plants freeze, there is low humidity, and wind, you will essentially freeze dry the plants. To me, that is the biggest worry.
The only temperate plants that I am planning on moving indoors this year are my rosea and psittacina. They haven't wintered well for me but your mileage may vary. I am also bringing in my pot of tracyii that hasn't done well. I don't know if the winter is the cause or not, but I figure I will eliminate that option. Otherwise, only tropicals, including my capes and binatas, are coming in. They will die back to roots and resprout next spring, but I want to give them a head start.