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Trachycarpus Fortunei After Arctic Blast Massachusetts


Robynk

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Welp after a mild winter (I think previous low was 14) an arctic blast 2 weeks ago dropped temps to -6.  Protected them with burlap and plastic wrapping, no supplemtal heat, planted in front bed about 4 feet from house. Looks like larger one faired a bit better. 

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After three la niña winters in a row, I lost one T. fortunei and one looks like hell. Winters are mainly zone 8b but the past 3 have pushed into zone 8a territory at times. I have seen some nearby that look just fine and others in rough shape like mine, even 20 footers. I don't think it'll take a fourth zone 8a winter.

 

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49 minutes ago, Robynk said:

I already hit it with copper fungicide. I’m in zone 7; do you protect it at all in some 8?

Hopefully they make it.  I guess you know you need a heated method for these going forward.

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Yeah it was totally crazy, coldest temperatures in 20 years approaching all time lowest. Rest of winter wasn’t bad at all. I thought they’d be fine? Since they didn’t spear pull

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1 hour ago, Robynk said:

Since they didn’t spear pull

After the February 2021 Arctic Blast here in Texas (low of 6F), my Trachycarpus fortunei looked like yours; however, it did not spear/frond pull until April 2021.  It eventually recovered, and looks great now.  I just hit the gaping hole in the center with hydrogen peroxide a couple of times.

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On 2/13/2023 at 1:38 PM, Las Palmas Norte said:

After three la niña winters in a row, I lost one T. fortunei and one looks like hell. Winters are mainly zone 8b but the past 3 have pushed into zone 8a territory at times. I have seen some nearby that look just fine and others in rough shape like mine, even 20 footers. I don't think it'll take a fourth zone 8a winter.

 

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Something is amiss. T.fortunei has no trouble above 10°F. Are these something else?

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First off, I don't think every Windmill palm is exactly the same as the next. I've seen evidence to support this many times in side by side comparisons. The same I think can be said of other palm genus as well. Secondly, these do manage 10°F but there where other days that book ended those events which were still cold. Repetitive cold events over time add to the problem. It's similar to a boxer taking a punch, but too many hits & he'll drop. 

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Update 3.5 months later, I trimmed off the dead fronds on the two trachys, total defoliation, and this is all the new growth thus far. Larger one had a rot line I trimmed, about 7-8 inches of new growth this far and both have new spears shooting up. Minor saw some burn but is lounging up a new frond as well. 

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3 hours ago, Robynk said:

Update 3.5 months later, I trimmed off the dead fronds on the two trachys, total defoliation, and this is all the new growth thus far. Larger one had a rot line I trimmed, about 7-8 inches of new growth this far and both have new spears shooting up. Minor saw some burn but is lounging up a new frond as well. 

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Looking Good

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