Alicante Posted January 21, 2022 Report Share Posted January 21, 2022 To your question to "can cocos survive in the Athens Riviera" no they can't unless if you keep them indoors from December to March. Athens is very prone to extreme cold spells. Prolonged cool highs are not uncommon during winters. I'm unsure about freezes, but snowfall is neither that uncommon. In 2021 the city got paralyzed by heavy snowfall. I've seen it even on the news here. Not sure about heavy snowfall either as I'm not Greek, but it seems light snowfall and single digit highs are not rare even in southern Greece. On 1/19/2022 at 5:11 PM, Phoenikakias said: You call this close to 0 C ?! -4 C equal 25 F but with ice on the foliage and persisting negative or zero minimum values in the following days. Sorry, this sounds even more serious than the notorious 2004 cold spell. I can tell you from first hand what it will happen. All crownshafted palms plus the Kentias and all Chamaedoreas except radicalis and microspadix will perish. Phoenix roebelenii is done also. Parajubaea toralyi is at great risk, same Jubaeopsis and Beccariophoenix alfredii. Even life of Phoenix reclinata will be at stake. If 2004 repeats, I get promptly out of the hobby and all palm fora. How normal are such temps? I have seen snowfall is not uncommon in Athens, during the XXI century quite a few winters got very packed, the last one in February 2021 which got very deep snow even at the Nea Smyrni coastline. This proves that annual mean is not everything, as winters are the most important when growing palms and tropical trees/fruits. I am not sure about heavy freezes, but the problem are these single digit highs, and if they're accompanied by snowfall, then it's a dead end for tropicals. I just can say, protect your palms and royals at all costs! Maybe you can keep them alive. Although if it gets that cold, the roots can get frozen as well. 1 I live in Altea, Spain 38°34'N 0º03'O. USDA zone 11a. Coastal microclimate sheltered by mountains. The coconuts shown in my avatar are from the Canary Islands, Spain ! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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