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Cold Hardy Hybrids
I've never been a big fan of hybrid palms, they just make me think of Frankenpalm, freaks of nature. However, I've been knocked out by some of the pics of hybrids on PT. I'm old, my question is, what hybrid does PT think would be the fastest grower in coastal 9b Texas, very hot and humid with two months of ridiculous cold, 32f average, but occasional lows into the mid twenties. I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
Spear pull victim: B. Odorata
B. Odorata in the ground for two years. About 5.5ft tall.
The plant saw lows this winter of 12ºF and 14-15ºF twice. A few days ago I noticed some of the newest growth had died but it didn't alarm me at the time because the same had happened to the S. Mexicana.
When I took a closer look today, I noticed the new growth was dead all the way down to the base, in stark contrast to the Sabal. I gave a tug and the two newest fronds came out:
Leaving this bottomless pit:
Is there anything I can attempt like Hydrogen Peroxide or the partial beheading surgery? Does this look like damage induced by cold temperatures or cold rain? It saw no ice or snow this winter as I wrapped it for those events but it did see cold rain.
This comes as a total shock as the plant otherwise took minimal damage
Phoenix and butia after winter
So I went for a drive to the south coast to look at the maturing Phoenix and Butia there.
Despite being a bit windswept in places they are looking quite good. Butia seeding quite heavily (tried to germinate before but no success) Phoenix have produced lots of seed too which I've collected as should provide quite cold hardy seedlings.
Trachy's are already blooming.
Trachy's are already blooming here in mid Feb.
I really tried to keep my Bizzy warm.
So, we had a forecast of mid 20's with 20 mph winds. I have a lot of money and effort invested in my Bizzy so I decided I was going to build a greenhouse for it. 100$ of special ordered four hole pvc joints, pvc pipe, 1000 ft roll of shrink wrap, and 3 mil tarp. Spent the afternoon building and gluing together a 6'x8'x8' BEEFY pvc frame, covered it with tarp and used all 1000ft of shrink wrap around the whole thing. Put stakes in the ground and ran cord back and forth across the top until I was comfortable it was secure, stuffed some Christmas lights into it and quite happy with myself, went inside. The winds came at 10pm and I went out at 10:30 to check on my accomplishment. It was gone! The 8ft sail I had created did what sails do, caught the wind and went! In a panic, all I could do was wrap the Christmas lights around the trunk to maybe, MAYBE save the bud. We saw 17 degree wind chill that night and I pretty much conceded that my Bizzy was a loss.
That was 3 weeks ago and here is the damage thus far. Only 1 frond is a complete loss with another partial. Everything else seems to be ok. It's even opening another. We also saw an overnight ambient temp of 16 degrees a week ago and so far, no additional damage. All the segments feel soft like a healthy segment should, I could tell which ones took damage initially as they felt dry and almost brittle.
The pvc posts in the ground are what my greenhouse slid down over for additional non existent support. It was supposed to be removable when temps weren't so bad, then I could just slide it down on the posts again.
As you can see in the 2nd pic background. My mules said "Oh, did it get cold?"
Edit: I did find my greenhouse the next morning, about 200 yards away caught in a neighbors fence.