Jeff985 Posted September 29, 2019 Report Share Posted September 29, 2019 On 9/27/2019 at 6:28 AM, DAVEinMB said: I may try to plan one into the mix for next spring. I guess my first question would be what would be a better starting point as far as size goes? Smaller plants are easier to protect, of course, but is there any benefit from an acclimation standpoint? Or with something like this do you need all the mass you can get right off the bat? Also, if I'm going to zone push to that extent are there better options? I've debated trying with queens but haven't been able to find any locally. I have a potted robellini and majesty that I've been reluctant to put in the ground but curious at the same time. Based on what I’ve seen a bizzie has a chance of surviving. The canopy gets pretty big and will be impossible to protect but you should be able to insulate the bud pretty easily. January 2018 Houston had a hard freeze. Hobby airport recorded a low temperature of 19f. Areas south and east (closer to the water) were slightly warmer, while areas north and west were slightly colder. At that time I was living in one of the colder areas of Houston, (Katy) and every bizzie I know of survived. Even without protection. They were damaged but recovered. The weather station closest to my house recorded a low temperature of 18f. Probably 2/3 of queens survived. After that event I only have seen one large Pygmy in that area and no Majesties. Inside beltway 8 and areas south and east of it the Queen survival rate was much higher. Only a few didn’t recover, some pygmys also recovered. Inside the loop I-610 and to the south and east of it, closer to the water temps in the low twenties queens, bizzies and pygmys did well. I even know of one Majesty that I’m assuming was there at the time that survived it. It has about 8 feet of trunk. I don’t know of any majesties that died from that freeze because they aren’t very common here. The one mentioned is the only I’ve seen with a trunk since I moved to the Houston area. Based on the temperature averages you mentioned, I think Bismarckia would be a zone push but certainly a possibility. Queens are slightly less hardy and due to their rapid growth would be difficult to protect for long. Roebelenii even less hardy but due to their size not hard to protect, just watch out for spines. Majesty is cheap and easy to find, so why not. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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