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No damage on a young plant, unprotected at 23 degrees

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Three days of 29 degrees F, big fifteener, no problem.

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They must grow slowly out there.  Even here in their native state, they are slow.

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Doing well at 23 degrees fits with Florida experience.

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Will be trying one of these in North Florida........will eventually (hopefully decades) know if it can handle temps in the upper teens.

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21F about 1 foot tall, several years old and I don't see any damage. I cant wait till mine gets bigger whenever that will happen.

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These will return even from single digits. I saw some in Jax. that recovered from around 14 F.   I think below this the canes die. But when it got this cold there was gale force winds.  In fact there were some 60 footers up against a building in downtown Jax that survived a 14 F night in 81 but 83 killed them ( high winds)

I saw some at the college that largely survived 89 here in Jax ( North Fl) 4 nights 3 in teens ( 16, 17, 19, 22 if memory serves me) there canes werent destroyed.

You can get a 10-12 foot plant in a decade if you use good fertilizer and have it in a wet area so hang in there

Best regardds,

Ed

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I have one planted out here. It got badly sunburnt which I think has not helped when ther colder weather came. It has seen -4.8oC/23oF. It looks quite yellow now and new spear pulled away. Perhaps if I can get one which is Acclimatised to the sun then it may well stand a better chance in the colder waether.

Regards Andy.

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12 one gallon plants, sprouted from seed 3 yrs ago,  ~3 leaves, 6-8" tall, under 65% shade cloth, no other canopy close by, saw 32F, frost at least one night, no wind exposure, no damage.

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25F and many hours and nights at or below freezing with many mornings with short periods of light frost. No damage

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My small plant has only endured 27F so far (with no damage), but I did read an old Principes that gave data from a big freeze in Dallas in I think 1958...it stated that (the then-named) Paurotis had died to the ground in single digits and brutal, lengthy cold, but came right back from the roots.

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Seedling growing in pond exposed to sky. Multiple hours below freezing ultimate low around 20. Leaves 100% damaged but looks as if it will recover (hopefully).

-Krishna

Forgot to mention a larger one of these in a protected location came through with no damage whatsoever.

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3-gallon sized plant in ground under canopy exhibited 25% defoliation at 16F with a plastic bucket for protection. Also experienced several night-time lows in the upper 20's and low 30's.

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This winter's 26º F (-3º C) freeze, followed by 28 a couple of weeks later left mine unfazed. No leaf damage. It's now got about 2 m tall.

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I have around 10-20 in 3G pots (but 1G size) under oak canopy but they still get a nice layer of frost. Unprotected, they have gone through nights of 20-22 for multiple hours. There is visible damage to some leaves.. maybe 10%. Not nearly as bad as I first expected. I have some unprotected washingtonia robusta seedlings next to them and 99% of the hundreds I have are dead.

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Takes a while to see damage on A. wrightii

I'm surprised about your washy's...that sucks

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Takes a while to see damage on A. wrightii

I'm surprised about your washy's...that sucks

Yes, I think they're showing more of the December hard frost damage now but they are still doing better than I expected.

I was surprised myself as I have only seen robustas torched like one other time and I used the same seed source both times located around Orlando. I do not really believe in cold hardy acclimation but when I get my seeds locally, I hardly lose any. I really do not care to have too many robustas but it's nice to have a few dozen per year. I have a few hundred pure Fillys to replace them so all is good.

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