Some Outdoor Plants Can't Survive the Cold Nights

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

Lately, it has been cold and rainy in Colorado.  I have already had to turn off the A/C and actually crank on the furnace.  This is unusual for my area.  We don't usually see the cold weather until mid to late October.  The nights have been down right chilly with lows hovering around 42 degrees.


Some of my outdoor plants weren't quite ready for this cold snap.


In May I bought a small Coleus plant for a hanging basket on my covered back porch.  When I checked it on Saturday, the stems were cold and brittle.  I transplanted it into a bigger pot and brought it inside.  Now it seems to be thriving in it's new location.

I also had a Boston Fern that I bought early summer.  It was very small when I brought it home and it grew like crazy.  I knew it's days were numbered, so my daughter, Erin took it home to her place and found a nice home for it.  She even named it Frank the Fern.


It would be a shame to see these plants die due to the cold.



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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Belinda, 

We had one freak day that it got to 37º.  I cover all  around mid November. But one spider plant will be brought in and out. I keep it on a furniture dolly to move it to the sun or shade. 

Sep 27, 2017 08:53 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Belinda --- are you still using a crank to operate your furnace?   Maybe a new HVAC system should be on Craig's honey-do list.   

Sep 27, 2017 09:12 AM #2
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Belinda, can you please send some cooler air my way? I don't mind cranking up the furnace for a day or two. Your plants look very happy where they are, warm and comfy.

Sep 27, 2017 09:41 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Belinda- My brain just isn't computing your weather! LOL When we moved to Northern VA, I kept my orchids inside for 6 months out of the year! They were really well cared for. 

Sep 27, 2017 12:15 PM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Your plants looks well despite the cold snap. We would have had frost by now in upstate NY.

Sep 27, 2017 01:58 PM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Belinda - We've been keeping a close watch on a few that will be coming in, but they're doing fine so far. Weird fall weather.

Sep 27, 2017 02:45 PM #6
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Belinda Spillman Thanks for the very god helpful report about some outdoor plants can't survive cold nights.

Sep 27, 2017 02:55 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There aren't too many plants that I have that can withstand the cold.  However, I have been amazed that my Azaleas take the freeze pretty well.

Sep 27, 2017 04:10 PM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No problem for me, I have a brown thumb so nothing needs to be brought inside.

Sep 27, 2017 04:17 PM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Belinda... I knew there was a reason I don't keep plants... I'd forget to bring them inside and even if I remembered, I'd forget to take care of them inside!

Sep 28, 2017 01:24 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is way too cold for me, I would be on a plane back to Arizona so fast, haha.  Stay warm my friend!

Sep 28, 2017 06:44 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's good you were able to save the coleus after a cold night. Quick thinking, Belinda. It is a shame to lose plants to a early freeze. 

Sep 28, 2017 07:55 AM #12
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Belinda your plants are so healthy looking!  I gave up trying to have a lot of plants here in the desert - way too hot.

Sep 28, 2017 04:55 PM #13
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I know what you mean Belinda. Last night it almost get below 70 degrees (72). I see those cold nights in the 60s coming soon.

Sep 29, 2017 10:11 AM #14
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Belinda Spillman - Thank you! While many great people rescue dogs and cats, I'm one of those that rescues plants! I do believe we are in for an early winter. Thank you for writing this wonderful and very informative post!

Oct 03, 2017 09:27 AM #15
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