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What is the Coldest Temperature that Vegetable Plants Can Handle?

By Rogue Parrish ; Updated September 21, 2017
Seeds of vegetables such as peas and lettuce will germinate at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and above.
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A frost of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below will kill delicate vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, melons, peas and squash, notes the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Temperatures between 26 and 31 degrees may harm the foliage but will not kill cold-temperature vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Spinach, carrots, kale and parsley especially can survive cold weather.


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An award-winning writer and editor, Rogue Parrish has worked at the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and at newspapers from England to Alaska. This world adventurer and travel book author, who graduates summa cum laude in journalism from the University of Maryland, specializes in travel and food -- as well as sports and fitness. She's also a property manager and writes on DIY projects.