Anthony_B Posted January 13, 2018 Report Share Posted January 13, 2018 (edited) I am convinced that time spent below freezing is even more critical than absolute lows. I just spent the morning ripping out all my broccoli with 2 inch crowns. Covered, they did fine hitting nights in the teens as long as the temps rebounded the next day and I could uncover them. We had a string of awful lows - 5 nights in a row between 9 and 13 degrees. Our high over that period was 35. The time spent below freezing was unprecedented for the area. All of the Washingtonia's around here are burnt to straw, and surprisingly so are many sagos. My huge, very well established butia and both well-established windmills are showing some badly dark-browned fronds, burnt to a crisp. I'm sure they'll recover but they look ugly right now. We just had 3 straight days at 70+ degrees and that really let the damage show. They looked good til the warm spell, then the browning took off. The butia is so large I can hardly get under it but the spear is mostly straw-colored with some green showing, but I have little doubt this tree will recover because it is just so big - one of the biggest and most perfect specimens I've seen in North Carolina. There is going to be a lot of defoliation over the next couple months. Hopefully next winter will be mild so the survivors can recover. If that's the case, the survivors should be able to handle the next 30 years...we'll be weeding out the weaklings. I feel terrible for a neighbor down the street that just had three brand new palms planted last month. I almost stopped and told him he's nuts for planting new palms in December, but I don't know him at all yet. He planted what looked like a 7-10 gallon windmill, a 7-10 gallon butia and a full-sized 20+ ft tall hurricane-cut sabal palmetto (probably from Florida). Oy. Edited January 13, 2018 by Anthony_B Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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