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2018/19 Winter Low Temps
About this time every year someone starts a thread about Winter Lows in the Northern Hemisphere. Such a thread is somehow therapeutic for PTers anxious about how cold may affect their palms - at least we know we aren't alone. So, I'll kick off this year's discussion.
This morning was the lowest temp since last March: 48.4F Predicted: 46F Current temp: 56.3F at 10:30 a.m.
Tomorrow's predicted low: 43F
Then a warming trend until the next cold front. I am making no attempts to move/protect palms at this time. After sunup, temps rise quickly.
Cut My Bananas Down For The Season
I cut my banana trees down for the season today, this was their second year of growth. When I first got them I got one small sucker from my neighbors bananas that he dug up for me, it barely had a root on it. I planted it, and it multiplied over the two years of having it. Keep in mind these get a lot of shade in the summer, so they are not as fast as if they were in full sun. Here are the trunks, which I also cut down. I dug up two very small suckers that were just coming up. I am going to try to grow them over the winter in pots.
Final Cayanne Pepper Harvest Before The Freeze
So it will be going down to 25 tonight, which means all tropicals will be killed for the winter, the only are around me that may be spared is the islands in the reservoir, but even they might not be saved by the water. They have not had a single frost yet, even the areas right along the lake did not frost yet (I can tell by the completely unharmed bananas a trees along the water). My Cayanne Pepper plants will be killed by tomorrow. So I did my final harvest.
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
Confusion about Coconut Palm hardiness
So I’m planning on moving to the Emerald Coast after I finish my EMT-P. From what I’ve seen, it’s mostly Cabbage Palms, Canary Island Dates, Windmills, and some California Fan Palms.
The area seems to have most everything I want, but I find it slightly upsetting that Cocoa’s cannot grow there! I did some research on the subject and found that Pensacola and Panama City are both 9a USDA zones. Not surprising at all.
Now this is what throws me off; Multiple websites I have seen say that Coconut Palms are “..great for growing from 9a to 11..” Is this information just plain wrong? I’m just confused as to why no one would plant these in the panhandle if they are able..?
Thanks for your time,