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Possible frost tonight and tomorrow night

Red mapleRed maple Posts: 1,088
I have three hostas in pots and one in a shady spot in the ground underneath a magnolia.
The forecast predicts temperatures dropping to about 2 degrees centigrade through tonight and tomorrow night. Would I be wise to cover my hostas (particularly the three in pots) with some fleece to protect them, as the leaves are almost unfurled now rather than still tightly closed, or can I leave them? I've covered my fuschias and my bottle brush plants that are in pots, just not sure about the hostas. It's not a sharp frost, but nevertheless, I don't want them to be damaged as they are starting to look lovely.
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  • BiljeBilje Posts: 790
    In my experience hostas are tough and mine never get an protection. What does damage them at this time of year are hailstones which can tear the leaves.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,856
    I've got hundreds of hostas , some in full leaf , we've got 3C forecast for the next 2 nights. I'll not be covering up any of mine
    Devon.
  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 1,088
    Thank you for your replies, Bilje and Hostafan1.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,839
    Yes it's always a bit should I shouldn't I, the met office only needs to make an error and it could turn out to be a hard frost so to be sure I've just cycled to the allotment and covered the strawberries which are in flower, the raspberries which got hit during the last frost, the peas in flower and those just emerged and looking lush and vulnerable, and the gooseberries which have tiny fruit developing, earthed up potatoes that are showing here and there. Now that I've done that just to be sure, you can rest assured there will not be a frost. ;-)
  • FireFire Posts: 18,949
    It is forecast quite low for the next few nights. Anyone with very tender worries should cover up.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    I've read on here the past week saying they have planted out their bedding plants and I instantly thought bit early that 
  • matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
    Yes it's always a bit should I shouldn't I, the met office only needs to make an error and it could turn out to be a hard frost so to be sure I've just cycled to the allotment and covered the strawberries which are in flower
    Now you've got me worried - all of my strawberries are in full flower now! Not sure how to cover them at short notice, either.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,949
    Matt, covering with straw for a few days might do.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,456
    I have shut up my coldframes and put fleece over the bedding plants inside. Better safe than sorry.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,382
    I don't think we'll get a frost tonight, lowest forecast is about 3c, but I have just fleeced the strawberry flowers and the new shoots on a clematis armandii which is a bit exposed on the north side, just to be on the safe side. I've also closed the two coldframes and greenhouse. Can't do anything about the wisteria and several clematis which are in flower. Hope the potatoes will be okay. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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