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Is it too early to plant out bedding plants?

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Just a few tips around the perennial question of when to plant out bedding: not yet.

This question comes up regularly and the important point is that almost all bedding plants are tender, which means not frost hardy.

But there is more, it is not just frost, most bedding plants do not like cold and if planted out in a chilly spell it can set them back,  slow down their growth, and a prolonged cold spell may cause the leaves to discolour.

Its testing, but time to wait. As a general rule of thumb most parts of the country are frost free by the end of May but still check out the forecast and if temperatures are low, keep the bedding plants tucked up warm. Our weather has become very variable, one week it's unseasonably warm, another week the east wind bites. 

We can still have an unexpected late frost, and if so you need to cover the bedding plants, if you can, to protect them. Predicting the weather is not easy but as gardeners we must do our best!

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  1. carolj

    Hi, please help me convince my husband that its a little too early to put out tomatoes and peppers even with light covering at night . he is getting ready to do that tommoro ,HERE IN SASK CAN IT SEEMS TOO COLD Hi Tomatoes and Peppers are not hardy and can be killed by frost. You can protect them with a fleece but its not just the frost. These plants dislike cold growing conditions and simply putting them out early can slow their growth. Tomatoes in particular are prone to develop beige patches on the leaves when cold. Planting out early runs the risk the plant will be damaged by frost, or its growth stunned by the cold. I am in the North of England, in quite an exposed cold part of the country and I do not put my tomatoes out at all. Why would I? They grow better, produce greater yields in the warmth of the greenhouse. Put them outside if you wish but wait until all risk of frost has passed and its reasonably warm.

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