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Going to try in Zone 6B

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Having lived in the desert southwest for decades, I am now in suburban Cleveland and I am going to try to plant Windmill and Needle palms this spring.  How should I protect them in the winter? I am choosing southern exposures and will need to be diligent and cross my fingers for sure. Thanks. 

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Definitely add Sabal minor to your list.  The foamboard box method is used in 6 and below on the windmill most often.  You might can do one of my methods on my Youtube (TNTropics) as well.


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),  15' Mule-Butia x Syagrus(1),  Blue Butia capitata(1) +Tons of tropical plants.  Recent Yearly Lows -1F, 12F, 11F, 18F, 16F, 3F, 3F, 6F, 3F, 1F, 16F, 17F, 6F, 8F


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I'm about 35 miles NE of Indy. 5B - 6A.

I've got a Needle planted. In ground about 1.5 years. Mulched thick with Oak leaves and I cover with garbage can or blankets when getting down to say 12F or below. After the cold event (like we had at Christmas, I uncover but keep the leaves.  So far, so good 


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