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Lowest Temp Before Bring in for Winter in Florida

austin added on November 8, 2012 | Answered

Lowest temp before bringing in plants for winter in Florida.

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Answered on November 9, 2012

If the temps are going to drop below 55 degrees F., I would certainly consider bringing the poinsettia plant inside. They are very susceptible to cold and will not do well if left outdoors in temps that fall below this, even with coverage.

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Answered on November 9, 2012

Sorry, I was not specific – I would like to know the temp at which POINSETTIAS need to be protected from the cold ... either taken inside or covered in Florida.


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Answered on November 9, 2012

It depends on the plant. Some tropicals do not like temperatures below 55, and show it very quickly by leaf loss, leaf droop or curl and leaf discoloration. Some plants are slower to show cold shock, and you may not see these signs immediately. Some tropicals will tolerate brief periods of cold temps, but not prolonged or repeatedly. Again, it depends on the plant.

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