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Progress of the 7A mule.   Pretty happy with how it is doing so far.  In winter it took some frond spotty damage but outgrew it by now.  It went thru 9F in protection.  

2017

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2019

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2020

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2021

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2021 Getting fat trunk

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Protection Method 2020

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DAVEinMB

@Allen you already have something pretty special going on but keep that thing alive a few more years and you'll be talkin Tennessee plant folklore type situation :D

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33 minutes ago, DAVEinMB said:

@Allen you already have something pretty special going on but keep that thing alive a few more years and you'll be talkin Tennessee plant folklore type situation :D

Well the Waggie palm in the pot in the next to the last photo is the backup.  B)

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teddytn

@Allen About the third time I’ve had to tip my hat to you! That makes me realize I haven’t scratched the surface yet. #palmlord

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Chad king NC

Love it, just wish I had saved a nice spot against the house for of my own.

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Keys6505

Nice work!  Do you wrap/unwrap based on weather or keep it bundled up all winter?

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N8ALLRIGHT

ZONE PUSH! Wow they need a salute emoji, that thing in zone 7, well done:greenthumb:

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3 hours ago, Keys6505 said:

Nice work!  Do you wrap/unwrap based on weather or keep it bundled up all winter?

It had to be covered about 4 times last winter for a total of around 7-10 days, 2-3 days at a time.  Lights stay on it I just unzip this cover.  As it grows the trunk will get wrapped up and the cover will move up till it's too big to cover or it dies.  

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N8ALLRIGHT

Gotta ask, where did you get the palm jacket? It looks like a modeling clay water tower :) Was it designed for plants or is it repurposed? I'm in zone 6 and have a takil in the ground,plan on heating cables or Christmas lights and that jacket looks like what I need to complete it. To be fair it's only a 5 gallon I got from Phil at jungle music but hopefully in a couple years I could use one that size

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6 hours ago, N8ALLRIGHT said:

Gotta ask, where did you get the palm jacket? It looks like a modeling clay water tower :) Was it designed for plants or is it repurposed? I'm in zone 6 and have a takil in the ground,plan on heating cables or Christmas lights and that jacket looks like what I need to complete it. To be fair it's only a 5 gallon I got from Phil at jungle music but hopefully in a couple years I could use one that size

It's a patio heater cover.  Look on Amazon.  but for long term in zone 6 I'd recommend the box method for you.  The covers can hold moisture if you're not careful.

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Allen

Newest update photo.  It has grown about 2' of trunk this summer and is around 12' tall OA.  

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12' mule - Winter wrapping this year, mini lights (400), thermocube, planket frost cloth, plastic fencing to secure fronds, 2 poles with a pvc top to support frost cloth on top (10' round planket)

 

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GregVirginia7

Assuming you unwrap it as weather permits?

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27 minutes ago, GregVirginia7 said:

Assuming you unwrap it as weather permits?

Leaving it wrapped till March

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Dartolution

@Allen looks like you've got it covered for a while. Do you guys already expect severe lows up there? 

We have barely hit 32 so far. Mine is staying out this year unless we go below 18. 

Also, You might want to look at the DeWitt white 2.5oz frost cloth. It is a bit better at protecting from what I've seen, and it does allow some light in during long durations of being covered. 

I used this for the first winter the Chamaerops and Sabal were in the ground, then used it again last year to cover a queen palm in the ground -which it DID protect against a 15F night. (along with the minis). 

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2 hours ago, Dartolution said:

@Allen looks like you've got it covered for a while. Do you guys already expect severe lows up there? 

We have barely hit 32 so far. Mine is staying out this year unless we go below 18. 

Also, You might want to look at the DeWitt white 2.5oz frost cloth. It is a bit better at protecting from what I've seen, and it does allow some light in during long durations of being covered. 

I used this for the first winter the Chamaerops and Sabal were in the ground, then used it again last year to cover a queen palm in the ground -which it DID protect against a 15F night. (along with the minis). 

Low 20's tonight and a few nights this week. 21-23F tonight.  Last year I had some damage under 25F so I'm being more proactive this year.  I don't know how a mule does with no light for 3 months but Trachy handle it like it never happened.  We'll see on the mule I guess.  I am traveling some and can't cover/uncover it this time around.  

I have multiple rolls of Dewitt 1.5 oz and Planket rolls.  The Planket is more attractive and seems like a fine material.   They are both the same except for the color.  I haven't tried the 2.5oz.  the 1.5 seem fine for my purposes.  

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JLM

If this thing dies at any point, are you willing to try it again? You have achieved AMAZING growth!

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12 minutes ago, JLM said:

If this thing dies at any point, are you willing to try it again? You have achieved AMAZING growth!

yea it's not gonna make it long term.  I only wanted to mule for a pot at first but it quickly outgrew the pots I had so it was either plant it or toss it on the street.  I have a small trunked Waggy that's going there at the point it dies.   I think it can make it this year and maybe thru next winter if I cut the fronds in half to be able to wrap it.  I'm not building a structure for it.   I expect if it makes it to next year it will be 15-18' tall next winter.  It's 2 zones out for me and is not tough enough for long term.  It's a 9a palm or 8b if you're lucky palm.  

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