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When do you plan to uncover winter protection?


kbob11

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Hi everyone,

   Just wondering what part of the country you are in and when you plan or already have taken off your winter protection for the year.  I’m in MA and it looks like next week will be upper 40-55f for highs and lower 30f for lows.  Hopefully uncovering needle and sabal minor.  Probably st. Patty’s for windmill.  I plan on uploading photos when I do.

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Just did last week in zone 7a Idaho. We hit 63 in the yard yesterday and will maybe do it again the next few days. As for protection, I had trash cans I took off the windmills and plastic sheets off the bananas. Needle palm I left uncovered. 

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We’re still in mid to low 20’s at night for several more days but well above freezing during the day...it’s been a pretty mild winter for us here...protection was light at best and I need to give my Chamaerops and Brazoria a chance to take some winter lows though the protection they get is minimal...I’ve dismantled 1/2 to 1/3 of the frost cloth coverings and will probably pack it all up mid March...Can you tell yet how yours have done?

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In 7a took mine off last week which basically was for Trachycarpus.  My temp spreadsheet shows that only a low of 18 happened one of the last 20 years from this point on.   I leave the lights on the trunks for a couple more weeks just in case.  Also my mule palm is ready to be recovered if need be at temps under 20F

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@tntropics - 60+ In-ground 7A palms - (Sabal) minor(7 large + 27 seedling size, 3 dwarf),  brazoria(1) , birmingham(4), etonia (1) louisiana(5), palmetto (1), riverside (1),  (Trachycarpus) fortunei(7), wagnerianus(1),  Rhapidophyllum hystrix(7),  18' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia odorata (1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -6F, -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F

 

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I have been able to take the small covers off my Tracheas the last few days

nothing in the forecast that will change that for now.

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1 minute ago, kbob11 said:

@GregVirginia7 My windmill is doing well.  My needle is sealed up so I haven’t been able to look at it this winter.  

Needles are just awesome for our zones...in my zone I don’t need to protect at all and they just keep on growing...

1 minute ago, kbob11 said:

@GregVirginia7 My windmill is doing well.  My needle is sealed up so I haven’t been able to look at it this winter.  

 

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In 7a, uncovered my trachy princeps last week.  Plus I pulled the frost cloth down to uncover just the fronds on my butia and CIPD.

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