shite. my dad has been taking them out when the weather is nice and warm
That's like telling the plant 'you go to sleep now' and then yelling 'hey, let's go out and play.'
If you live in N.O. you might have tried over wintering a bit early so your dad isn't totally at fault. The best time is when the weather forecast predicts the first frost...I call it a 35 degree overnight low. But first frost in Shreveport is earlier than New Orleans.