So we got down to 12°F a few days ago and now it has warmed up and we are currently in the low 60s and yesterday was in the low 60s as well. My Butia bought simply as a "Pindo Palm" from Lowes in the Spring shows little damage so far. The only damage I can see is a bit of browning on parts of the oldest leaves and a spot here or there on the "middle aged" leaves. The newest ones look fine so far. I will keep everyone updated, but I expected to see more damage and sooner. One of my other smaller ones got burned pretty badly, about 60% defoliation. As for the one that is showing little signs of damage, I must have gotten a pretty tough one. None of my palms were given any protection. This is just Southwest of Richmond, VA.
I think they look better than the queens
By Ed in Houston
It is still too early to discern all the damage from the recent freeze but here is what is apparent thus far. Lows were 28,22,28 with a 24 hour freeze duration at my place in far S.E. Houston. Much of Houston had 18-20. I have not been around town yet to survey the damage, just around my house and neighborhood.
Chamaedorea metallica dead
Chamaedorea plumosa dead
Chamaedorea cataractarum dead
Chamaedorea radicalis untouched
Sabals - louisiana, mexicana, minor, all untouched
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii- untouched
Rhapidophyllum hystrix - untouched
Phoenix canariensis - some foliage damage
Serenoa repens silver- untouched
Wash. robustas - some foliage damage showing on some specimens
Queens- thus far lower half of fronds have collapsed most other fronds look damaged
Chinese fan - some light foliage damage
Pygmy dates- all sizes completely burned, probably dead
Rhapis excelsa - moderate foliage damage, may lose some of the canes
Chamaerops humilis- untouched
Butia - untouched
Pinanga kuhlii - dead
Ravenea rivularis - defoliated, probably dead
Zamia integrifolia defoliated
Sago - defoliated
Zamia furfuracea - defoliated
Ed in Houston
Looks like next week is cold o rama for Florida.
By Cindy Adair
As you all know, Hurricane Irma in early September left damage and no power or water at my farm for 5 days, but I still had internet and phone service and it was far less than predicted. We in mainland PR breathed a sigh of relief and felt so much sympathy (we still do) for our smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques and so many other Caribbean islands. As Florida got nailed I saw the photos here on PT and elsewhere and grieved for all of you who met up with Irma.
I unpacked all my potted plants and relaxed. For a couple of days.
Then Maria headed for a visit and this time no last minute reprieves. Hurricane supplies in PR had been depleted already by Irma preparations so all D batteries and generators and such were long gone.
I did manage to get a full tank of gas and a bit of extra water but I started out less well stocked than I had been prior to Irma. The idea of moving all my plants (that I had just moved back out) back in held no appeal but I knew it must be done.
On to the photos, starting with some "before hurricane season" shots.