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What temp to bring indoors potted Trachycarpus fortunei
For a potted Trachy in a large plastic 28" pot (double wall with 1" air pocket), around 1.5 feet of trunk what temp would you bring it indoors to prevent roots from damage?
Ouch Western Gulf, You're Getting Hammered Right Now
Here it is, middle of the afternoon and I'm seeing lots of low to mid 30's on the Wundermap in Texas and Louisiana. Forecast doesn't look to pretty either. Good luck everyone! This is where you pat yourself on the back and rest easy tonight if your not a zone pusher. Curse the blue norther.
European winter 2016/2017
By Exotic Life
What will this winter bring in Europe this time?
Please post what is happening over at your place this winter.
The last few winters were really mild for us here in northern Europe, so hard to get even milder winters.
Winter 2013/2014 was even frostfree for me, last two winters had some frosty moments but mostly around -1C for a few hours exept, beside a few nights which were colder.
This november has been quite average and had some frost as well, last weekend I recorded -3 and -4 and also this weekend looks a bit frosty. Long term is evolving again to a mild episode with temperatures in the double figures, it is however impossible to beat the last year mediterrean look a like winter.
Climate Standard Deviation
I think the standard deviation of a climate is an important consideration when analyzing its' characteristics. I've never seen anyone directly mention standard deviation as a factor but I think we all know the potential implications, not all zones of the same type/number are created equal.
Consider Brownsville Texas, a zone 10a, similar to much of central coastal Florida right? But the all time record low in Brownsville is a whopping 12* F! That's 8a, two full zones lower than average, if you were to actually plot out all the lows I image in you would get a wide deviation in general. On the opposite end of the spectrum, consider Key West Florida, a zone 11b. The all time record low is 41*F, only 1/2 zone lower than the average yearly low.
I would love to see some work done on this, along with the USDA number, also see some kind of quantification of the standard deviation, it might make it easier to estimate just how much chance your favorite Palm might have. Not all zones of the same number are created equal, this would be a good metric to differentiate them a little more.
Why aren't Filiferas fruiting?
Over the last few years, I've been paying close attention to the large Filiferas that I find around the Lubbock area (from Hobbs, NM, to Snyder, TX). Most of the ones I'm tracking get no winter protection, and they see 10f or below every few years (down to 3f in 2011)-- so I'm pretty sure that they're pure Filiferas.
I'd love to collect some seeds from these palms and share them with y'all, but I have yet to find a single plant that's fruited.
Does anyone know why a large Filifera wouldn't be fruiting?