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How would you protect a palm outdoors if its in a pot?


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Winter is here and I have a  trachy that I would like to protect, but it is in a pot, and I am looking for good ways to protect it, as for now all I have is a garbage bag over it from wind chill.  I know its hardiness is lowered by being potted compared to the ground. 

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depending on your low temps it could be nearly impossible as the dirt will freeze in the pot. Id say put a heat cable around the root ball and put it back in the pot. but keeping a pot from freezing outdoors in winter can be tricky

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Roots on a trachy are damaged at 18F.  Ideally bring inside or in garage.  But you could heat all around the pot with lights or heat cable then wrap the whole pot in a blanket then plastic cover.  then protect the top with lights and a cover.  If it's smaller you could bury pot in compost/mulch close to the house and make a lean-to over it.  All not too ideal.

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If I wanted to protect a potted palm, I just wouldn't leave it outside.  If you can't move it inside, I'd move it into a shed, barn, carport right against the house, etc.  Give it as many layers of insulation as possible.  

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Don’t play Russian roulette with your potted palms - you will lose. Bring them indoors.

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If there's anyway to heavily insulate the pot, that may work depending on temperature, otherwise follow the above advice.

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The real question is how long will the temperature be below freezing?

A few nights then a heat cable and lots of layer of bubble wrap.  But if temps stay below all day, then you're doom.  Good luck. 

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22 hours ago, Alex Zone 5 said:

The real question is how long will the temperature be below freezing?

A few nights then a heat cable and lots of layer of bubble wrap.  But if temps stay below all day, then you're doom.  Good luck. 

Never wrap a palm in plastic only, including bubble wrap. Plastic can transmit cold damage to parts of palm it touches. Always wrap palm in a layer of cloth (I prefer natural fiber) before applying plastic wrap or tarp.

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Meg

Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Florida
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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7 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

Never wrap a palm in plastic only, including bubble wrap. Plastic can transmit cold damage to parts of palm it touches. Always wrap palm in a layer of cloth (I prefer natural fiber) before applying plastic wrap or tarp.

Yeah you are absolutely right, I meant the pot or container, my bad👍👍😁😁👋

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