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Swolte

Just wanted to wish everyone here a mild winter and share protection plans!
 
Temperatures here in Central Texas have already been below freezing and next week we may see another dip (Fall basically lasted a week, ugh...).  I don't have a lot of zone-pushing palms, technically, however, I do have a lot of a newly planted and/or younglings in the ground. I have yet to lose a palm to cold (some spear pull, though). This is what I do:
- Get a big bale of straw and wrap the straw around the base of the palm where the spear is (if possible). I hold it in place by some sticks and cheap netting. 
- In addition, put a frost cloth over the top for the more sensitive palms or when weather gets really bad (e.g., a deep freeze). Sometimes a big plastic bucket.
- I have moon juice that I apply the night before a freeze (or after, if I forget). I haven't done any scientific comparison tests on it but I guess it can't hurt (we do know, scientifically, that watering before a freeze helps so anyway...) https://blog.moonvalleynurseries.com/moon-juice-to-the-rescue
 

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jimmyt

Swolte,  you have gotten the right idea!  Do you remove these freeze protection apparatus when you/we get those warm winter days?  I am in a western suburb of Waco, so I experience very similar weather to you.  One day it will be 20 F and the next 65 F in winter.  Even the frost cloth gets warm inside.  It is a challenge in my experience.  Good luck and great inventing.

jimmyt 

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TexasColdHardyPalms

Cold start to the week. Hard freezes coming.  I only dropped to 31 last week but lots of frost...

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Meangreen94z

They claim record lows for November, next week, on the eastern half of the country. I was hoping this would be a mild winter again, I guess not.

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Swolte
7 hours ago, jimmyt said:

Swolte,  you have gotten the right idea!  Do you remove these freeze protection apparatus when you/we get those warm winter days?  I am in a western suburb of Waco, so I experience very similar weather to you.  One day it will be 20 F and the next 65 F in winter.  Even the frost cloth gets warm inside.  It is a challenge in my experience.  Good luck and great inventing.

jimmyt 

Yes, I hear you! I am particularly annoyed that that freezes came sudden and early. I felt most plants were barely done with summer and not hardened yet for winter! I got quite some damage on some of my new Mangave's that I didn't protect.

I do remove the frost cloth, not the straw constructions, if it warms up again. It can get pretty hot under those cloths with a hot sun and I believe there's a risk of palms pushing out vulnerable new growth. This is bound to get damaged when we get a deep freeze (despite my protection).

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jimmyt

I know what you mean!  Gotta keep an eye on all this!  I was surprised by the early freeze as well!

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oasis371

Recent Autumns here (Zone 7/NJ) have seen this pattern before in recent years.  Early and Mid Autumn are abnormally warm big time, the foliage coloration of deciduous trees is delayed, then there is a sudden hard freeze.  As a result, Fall foliage has been dismal.  My Gingko goes from green to massive leaf drop overnight, so much for 'Autumn Gold'.

Late November seems to be much milder by comparison.

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Manalto

That's funny, this is the first year my ginkgo had a deep golden color. It usually goes yellow green and drops. (I grew this one from seed I found on the sidewalk in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, about 20 years ago.) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's a male.

If you cover a palm with stiff organic matter (like straw or dry leaves) inside a wire-mesh hoop, then you don't have to keep taking it away each time the weather warms. It won't heat up like a tent.

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