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Frost-Nipped Basil!

Post  donnainzone5 on 9/11/2012, 2:29 pm

Hello out there!

Although I covered my hoop house last night to protect my SFG, my basil was discolored. No I snipped off those leaves, but I'm wondering if I did something wrong when covering the bed, or whether basil is even more cold-sensitive than I thought.

Any comments?

Meanwhile, I'm considering putting my new mini-greenhouse up, digging up the plant, potting it, and plopping it there for the winter. Could this work?
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Re: Frost-Nipped Basil!

Post  Dunkinjean on 9/11/2012, 2:33 pm

Hi!

I have found basil is very sensitive to water so maybe it was the moisture from dew?

Anyway, yes I would try it in your greenhouse since it won't survive the winter outside.

Best of luck.
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Re: Frost-Nipped Basil!

Post  Turan on 9/11/2012, 11:57 pm

Basil is my most sensitive crop to cold. Even more sensitive than squash or tomatoes and eggplant. If your covers touch the leaves at all and it frosts it will freeze the leaves. However if you can do a double cover, with the second layer held above the first so there is an air pocket that often is enough for frosts down to 30. That should be plenty of protection for zone 10. But you are now in Bend and there I suspect you will need to bring the pot inside the house for the winter.

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Re: Frost-Nipped Basil!

Post  rowena___. on 9/12/2012, 9:54 am

so long as the plastic doesn't actually touch the plants, they usually won't get frost bitten. you can even put a layer of fabric on first, then the plastic, and that will give plenty of protection.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 9/12/2012, 11:22 am

Thanks, Rowena and everyone! It was probably the plastic touching some corner leaves. I'll be bringing the basil inside and placing a cloth cover over the frame before the plastic.
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Re: Frost-Nipped Basil!

Post  CapeCoddess on 9/12/2012, 11:25 am

@rowena___. wrote:so long as the plastic doesn't actually touch the plants, they usually won't get frost bitten. you can even put a layer of fabric on first, then the plastic, and that will give plenty of protection.

Oh wow, I did not know this and it's important. Thanks, Rowena!

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