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I thought I'd start a thread about frost after seeing very thick frost this morning. How often does your climate get frost (if it even does)? Where are you located? Are you in a cold/warm microclimate or have any? Here in Virginia, near Chester, we get frost commonly during the Winter and late Fall. Tree canopy (I use Leyland Cypress for this, it works well) and close proximity to water can protect places here from a lot of the first frosts. Here was the frost this morning, the first picture is from my front yard (exposed to the West) and the second picture is from a lot with Leyland Cypress in it. Notice how the closer you get to the Leyland Cypress the less frost there is. Also keep in mind that this was a pretty heavy frost. With light frosts, it is common for places with dense canopy above to get no frost at all.
Howea forsteriana & belmoreana in Cape Coral, FL
In response to a topic on the lack of Howea spp growing in FL, today I took the following photos of my H. forsteriana & H. belmoreana. I apologize that the images aren't as clear and open as I'd like but both palms hang out deep in my back yard jungle and protected by deep canopy from sun and summer heat. They are beautiful palms but cannot tolerate stand-alone planting spots here. They reputedly make fine houseplants but I was never able to find one when I lived up in VA.
Howea forsteriana: germinated in 2004 and planted a few years later. It has ~18" of clear trunk.
Howea belmoreana: purchased as a 1g late 2005. Not yet trunking
From Shorpy: Palm Walk, Palm Beach, FL 1897
After a long absence I have rediscovered Shorpy, the online vintage photo site. The link below leads to an 1897 photo of a waterside walk lined with coconut palms. They look like a dwarf, not tall, variety. Anyone agree? Great photo.
Winter Tips for King Palms (9B)
Still very new to growing palms, so all advice is greatly appreciated. Just wondering if at this size of the king palms (c), does the occasional mid to low 30’s every now and then require any protection? They receive full sun daily, as they just battled our brutal hot summer sun. Winter over nights usually, down to mid-low 40’s or upper 30’s for a couple hrs. Occasionally dipping down into the low 30’s at worst a few nights throughout December-January. Daytime weather in Dec-January upper 50’s - low 60’s. But plenty of sun light year around
A winters walk along our street
I just went for a quick walk along our street and took some pics of a few of the palms growing here. It's a lovely bright winters day this morning and very pleasant for a walk.