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Getting palms ready for winter...

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Omeyer72

Cold weather is back. Have used this system with great success, though always open to suggestions. I have 4 permanent galvanized tubes in the ground which I anchor the PVC cage, entire assembly by carriage bolts and wings nuts for easy storage. Gather foliage with blankets with Sleeping bags placed over during extreme cold and/ or unusually wet conditions. Christmas incandescents on a thermocube around the base. 

Have pulled a large Pindo, a 8' CT Trachy and this smaller one through below -10 F temps with not so much As one spear pull (knock on wood). Relatively simple and effective.

 

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Josh-O

lets see an after pic when you get that palm hunkered down for the winter :greenthumb:

good luck with everything there in AR

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Omeyer72

Appreciate the well wishes, Josh. Daylight savings leaves me in the dark this week, though will finish up and post pics this coming weekend.

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Omeyer72

Here they are wrapped up and ready for a forecasted 18F...I unfortunately have a bad microclimate and can expect 3 or more degrees less than better areas.

If aesthetics are a concern, I've seen some fine solutions on the web utilizing bamboo/reed fencing wrapped around similar structure, though prefer easier access to the interior.

First two pics are my smaller Trachy. Third is my Pindo, and last is my largest Trachy.

 

 

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_Keith

You are a palm hero, buddy.  C

Carpe diem, my friend

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Omeyer72

Haha! Thanks, Keith. Enjoy working on my palms, though prefer Spring and Summer maintenance. Winter is upon us.

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Ben in Norcal

Great stuff.  Do you leave them wrapped up all winter?

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Omeyer72

Good question, and I do not, Ben. Anytime temps are forecasted to be around 20F and above (and dry) for a period of time, I'll pull the covers off completely to give them some sun and fresh air. During lesser conditions, I will periodically unzip the side to air out the interior. In spite of my less than ideal conditions, they are uncovered most of the winter.

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Ben in Norcal

Excellent.  And I'm depressed about having to wrap a couple of plants with frost cloth!

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sashaeffer

Are those sleeping bags?   great idea. Like you I like to have protection that on nice days I can open easy and let palms breathe and get some sun.

 

One of many I protect like this.

 

 

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Omeyer72

Wishing I had Ben's weather right about now.

They are sleeping bags, Scott. After settling on creating a custom, insulated & weather-resistant cloth jacket with a zipper, a trip through a local sporting goods retailer reminded my that they are already available and under $20 each...

Very impressive to grow palms in Nebraska. Also like your solution. Appreciate the pic.

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Jimhardy

Those are some nice techniques...my

larger Trachys are still uncovered here in Iowa...

way to much rain lately  though!

 

Heres the Fortunei last Saturday

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Here they are on Monday

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Omeyer72

Like your pics, Jim, and Trachys are unbelievably tough. Also enjoyed your other yard pics posted recently on this forum.

Always interested in learning from other protection methods, particularly further North like yourself. Next Winter's plan is protecting a Spring planting of my B. Armatas, B. Claras, C. Humilis and - perhaps being overly ambitious - planned Bizmarcks and a Phoenix Roebelinii...I'll see how much gumption I have at that time.

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JT in Japan
On 11/22/2015, 12:08:43, Omeyer72 said:

Wishing I had Ben's weather right about now.

They are sleeping bags, Scott. After settling on creating a custom, insulated & weather-resistant cloth jacket with a zipper, a trip through a local sporting goods retailer reminded my that they are already available and under $20 each...

Very impressive to grow palms in Nebraska. Also like your solution. Appreciate the pic.

As an alternative cover, I recommend looking for a hot water heater cover, available in home centers. They are the right shape, generally have velcro or straps to close it, and "should" have some water resistance. I haven't used on on palms, but have one on my water heater. Looks right.

JT

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Omeyer72

Interesting thought, JT. Those wraps are a good size for smaller palms. One concern would be making sure and keeping their insulating base material dry, as they often use fiberglass and denim which perform poorly if wet. That being said, I've noticed the zippable, waterproof covers made for standing patio heaters would be just the trick. I'm currently using 2 mil poly mattress covers as a precaution in our recent cold monsoon. 

Appreciate the fresh idea, and definitely a viable option to look in to.

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Tropical one
On 11/21/2015, 4:37:46, Omeyer72 said:

Here they are wrapped up and ready for a forecasted 18F...I unfortunately have a bad microclimate and can expect 3 or more degrees less than better areas.

If aesthetics are a concern, I've seen some fine solutions on the web utilizing bamboo/reed fencing wrapped around similar structure, though prefer easier access to the interior.

First two pics are my smaller Trachy. Third is my Pindo, and last is my largest Trachy.

 

 

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How is the galvanized pipe anchored? great idea 

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