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Mónica

Hello everyone!

My Dypsis lutescens has survived almost without injury -potted and protected from the wind- -2 º. It measures 2m aprox. Today is growing. :drool:

I very much hope to plant it on the floor when it becomes a little bigger.

Happy new year!

PD: Sorry for my English...

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SunnyFl
Hello everyone!

My Dypsis lutescens has survived almost without injury -potted and protected from the wind- -2 º. It measures 2m aprox. Today is growing. :drool:

I very much hope to plant it on the floor when it becomes a little bigger.

Happy new year!

PD: Sorry for my English...

Happy New Year, Mónica! Glad to hear your D. lutescens is doing so well. They are elegant palms, and grow very fast. I have 3 of them in the ground and love them.

I believe lutescens can take down to 26F, especially if there's no frost, but may get burned badly. 26F would be about -3.3C (had to use the Fahrenheit to Celcius Converter which I found here: http://www.wbuf.noaa.gov/tempfc.htm). How cold do your winters usually get?

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Zeeth

Burned slightly at 31 with (what I would consider) heavy frost. They will all live though.

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Mike in Nelson

This is all good information for me as I plan to plant a D lutescens in the ground once it (currently in a pot) is a reasonable size.

It has never dropped below 35f here in winter and because these palms grow so rapidly and recover from winter quickly, I'm hopeful it will do ok here.

I think they are a hardier than is commonly believed as the evidence suggests here.

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peachy

Mine has been through a minus 5c and a minus4c with frost both times. The outer leaves burnt but the trunks suffered no damage. I think they are hard to kill.

Peachy

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Walt

My experience with D. lutescens is that they can take (mature with trunk) a one-night low in the upper 20s F (say -2 to -3C) with frost (growing in the open yard, not close to a house,or other protecting elements.) The foliage may get killed but the trunks should be okay.

But this past January was another story, since I had 12 straight nights of cold ( with well below normal daytime temperatures) well below 40 degrees F (say 2-3C), with five of those nights below 30 degrees F (1.1C), with two of the five nights at 27 degrees F (-2.75C).

My D. lutescens actually took 23 degrees F (-4.95C) for one night two winters ago and survived. But this past January all of my trunked D. lutescens died.

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Above photo shows small royal palm with D. lutescens in background. Note tallest trunked one which died due to series of freezes and prolonged cold weather.

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Above photo shows recovering royal palm, but clump of D. lutescens in background is faring poorly. That is a banana plant in far background that may appear to be growing in the clump of D. lutescens.

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SubTropicRay

Mine got blasted and is coming back from the roots. I'll trash this one and pick up another big clump. This plant is too common and I'm way too impatient to wait for this one to recover.

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Dave-Vero

Our big freeze this winter was 26 F (-3 C) at the nearby airport in December, followed by 29 the next night and, 14 nights later, 29 F All the D. lutescens in the neighborhood suffered near-complete death of leaves. By now, they're producing new leaves.

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Dakotafl

31-34 was the ultimate low so far this winter here in inland south brevard county, my Dypsis's very top leaves have experienced leaf burn, though most already have near fully grown spears ready to open into green leaves.

They are about 6ft-7ft high clusters.

I have noticed that a few years back in the big January 2010 freeze event that the ones people trim into 2-3 or 4 stalks did much worse than the clumps.

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Rafael

32F twice for 2 hours, under canopy, minimal old leaf damage. This palm is 2m tall.

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