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I bought some of these starters from a big box store and it says plant them when chance of frost is gone.  Since I'm probably still 1 month out how should I best keep them?  Should I water them in the plastic bags they are in or leave them dry?  Inside or out in cold shed?  (Live in South Carolina

I bought some of these starters from a big box store and it says plant them when chance of frost is gone. Since I'm probably still 1 month out how should I best keep them? Should I water them in the plastic bags they are in or leave them dry? Inside or out in cold shed?

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I think the problem is that the instructions were written by a "writer", not a gardener. Plant them as soon as practical, all plants shown grow where temperatures are below freezing. I am sure I have planted blueberries and raspberries and countless trees, fruit and other wise, before the last frost. I can't remember when I planted grapes and strawberries. The greatest danger is direct sun on the bag when plants are still in them. I always try to plant woody plants when dormant which normally means freezing is still possible. Keep them in a cool place until you are ready to plant; that will be better than in the warm store.

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  • You're probably correct about the instructions. I'd be willing to bet that the supplier has a single set of planting instructions that it uses for all plants, regardless of cultivar: "Plant after danger of frost at the same level as in the pot. Water well" etc.
    – Jurp
    Jan 25 at 21:11
  • Judging from the picture, the plants are still dormant. The biggest danger is that you keep them somewhere "warm" (i.e. above about 5C or 40F) and they start to grow before you have planted them. With no access to water, they will then be badly damaged, or die, very quickly (i.e. in hours, not days.) You can't plant anything if the soil is still frozen, because you can't firm frozen soil around the newly planted roots, but air temperatures below zero don't matter.
    – alephzero
    Jan 25 at 22:41

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