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How to protect a palm (maypan) over winter, 9b?

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I bought it from a landscaper in ormond beach who left them completely unprotected over this past winter. It only had 1-2 green fronds and the spear was green. I put it in the ground in probably February of 21, fertilized, lots of water, mulch, and it’s looking really happy (on the right you can see one of the left over cold damaged fronds).  It gets a good amount of coverage from some banana trees on one side and I’m thinking they’ll take the majority of the cold.
 

what can I do to protect it on cold nights? Should I wrap the trunk? What could I ideally cover it with? Should I try to tie up the fronds? I could also use bamboo poles and frost cloth to build a little tent over it for the winter. Do I water extra when it’s cold? Could I wrap it with frost cloth and Christmas lights?
 

thanks for any suggestions guys, I want this bad boy to survive! 

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kinzyjr

Tie the fronds up around the spear, wrap a blanket around the trunk and the spear and ensure there is an air gap between the towel and the trunk in the spots where it the towel isn't tied.  That does the trick down to about 28F with wind or 26F without it.

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Gottagrowemall
20 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

Tie the fronds up around the spear, wrap a blanket around the trunk and the spear and ensure there is an air gap between the towel and the trunk in the spots where it the towel isn't tied.  That does the trick down to about 28F with wind or 26F without it.

Would I want to remove it all if it was like sunny, windy and 40-50 degrees during the day or keep it partially on throughout the day?

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kinzyjr
10 minutes ago, Gottagrowemall said:

Would I want to remove it all if it was like sunny, windy and 40-50 degrees during the day or keep it partially on throughout the day?

You can, but it's more of a judgement call.  @Walt uses a similar technique in Lake Placid.  If you're supposed to warm back up fast and not cool right back off again, you can usually just unwrap in the morning when the sun starts shinning.  If you're figuring it will get into the 20s the following night, you'll probably be best just leaving it covered.  You won't get much in the way of extra warmth unless you use the old C9 Christmas light trick, but the cover does stop the frost from settling on the leaflets.  That's where a lot of the damage at 35F+ comes from. 

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Gottagrowemall
1 minute ago, kinzyjr said:

You can, but it's more of a judgement call.  @Walt uses a similar technique in Lake Placid.  If you're supposed to warm back up fast and not cool right back off again, you can usually just unwrap in the morning when the sun starts shinning.  If you're figuring it will get into the 20s the following night, you'll probably be best just leaving it covered.  You won't get much in the way of extra warmth unless you use the old C9 Christmas light trick, but the cover does stop the frost from settling on the leaflets.  That's where a lot of the damage at 35F+ comes from. 

Thanks a lot! So that was kind of similar to my plan. For a blanket I should use a pretty thick comforter right? I have one I use for covering trees in the bed of my truck that’ll be perfect.

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9 minutes ago, Gottagrowemall said:

Thanks a lot! So that was kind of similar to my plan. For a blanket I should use a pretty thick comforter right? I have one I use for covering trees in the bed of my truck that’ll be perfect.

For a really bad freeze, yeah, you'll want some thick material.  If it is more just to keep the frost away, you can get away with as little as a beach towel.

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D Palm

Nice bananas! I got away with some old wool packing blankets w/ my Royal last year…that may be a good option. 

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