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Old 01-03-2010, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default 2010 Winter Update from North Florida!

Here are my side-by-side results for many types of Bananas after our first frost of the season. This was after a frosty 28.2 degree night here in North Florida. Note: All of these bananas were FULLY exposed with no protection.

orinoco 80% damaged
orinoco source # 2 70% damaged
basjoo 30% damaged
basjoo source # 2 40 % damaged
goldfinger 90% damaged
ice cream 80% damaged
misi luki 90% damaged
lady finger 90% damaged
raji puri 75% damaged
mysore 90% damaged
balbisiana 80% damaged
giant cavendish 90% damaged
dwarf cavendish 90% damaged
praying hands 80% damaged; surprisingly
siam ruby 100% damaged; Was actively growing prior but already damaged. First one to get damaged.
iholene red 80% damaged; surprisingly
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2010 Winter Update from North Florida!

Did the Siam's leaves or P-Stem get killed. Hope all is not a total loss for you.
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Just the leaves. No stem damage at this time.
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I'm to the point I'm fine as long as the corm lives. While I wanted height this year having a living plant is better.
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Wow California now Florida not good that global warming is tooooo Much. I hope you all get through it ok there and there is not very much damage hopefully no damage.
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Cold Re: 2010 Winter Update from North Florida!

We had 21 here and were in the teens at my place in Middle Georgia
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In the south part of Jacksonville, I registered 21 last night, 23 night before and 25 night before. This was out in the open, the coldest part of the yard.

Have a big Oak that creates a micro climate for some plants.

On the exposed plants, all the leaves are fried but leaf stems and P-stems are still green. I don't understand it, seems there should be more damage! And still a week more of freezes! I'm sure it'll get worse. Wonder what the cold part of the season will bring!?

Everything in a pot is covered with Frost cloth and plastic, and a heater underneath, and is doing well.

With the expected electric bill, I'm sure it would have been cheeper to let everything freeze and buy new in spring!
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Wow California now Florida not good that global warming is tooooo
Not a statement for global warming but against using faulty data. People say exactly what you say when it gets cold but there are cycles of colder winters. It got down to 5 here in the late 80's. Whose to say it wasn't supposed to be colder than the teens?
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It got down to 9 degrees here in 1982 and pretty close to that in 1989
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Been outside repairing my protection--some covers blew off part way in this 30 mph wind--it is COLD--temperature has been dropping most of the morning to a low of 25, but starting to warm a little. Low for tonight 22, 23 tomorrow night.
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Low for tonight 22, 23 tomorrow night.
Well, that's what the Weather Channel says - and I hope they're right. John Nodar on channel 5 was still saying mid/upper teens this morning. I prepared for 26 and cloud cover the other night, but awoke at 7:30 to clear skies and 20! It is noon now and we've managed to get up to 31, so much for not living in zn 6.

It has been a long time since I've seen lingering cold like this - and so much damage in my garden. Hope it at least kills some fleas and mosquitos.
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Default Re: 2010 Winter Update from North Florida!

I knew I wasn't crazy - although others would debate that...

On the local news last night they said that we have not had a weather event (prolonged period of bitter cold, 20 degree weather) like this since 1958. It will be an interesting spring, this is beyond anything I can compare.

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Default Re: 2010 Winter Update from North Florida!

We had snow at both places ( centraL Fl & central GA.) is said to be the coldest in over 40 years-- expecting CONTINUED 40 year record lows

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Hopefully this is the last night here. It was 23 when I got up but dropped to 22 after sunrise---suppose to be about the same tonight. Ground is freezing hard. This is not record temperatures here--niether alltime or day records but is is clearly the longest cold spell in the low 20s I have ever seen here--I am ready for it to leave.
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The good thing about all this cold is that the bug populations should be significantly reduced next year. I'm so tired of Japanese beetles eating everything in the yard.
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I am not sure I buy into that cold killing bug thing-- a buddy of mine hunts in Alaska and say bugs are bad up there-- he says mosquitos are VERY bad in alaska
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I'm in Jacksonville, got hammered in the first intense cold spell. I had 8 bananas in pots (dwarf orinoco, ice cream, dwarf cav, and superdwarf) that I moved into the shed ... which didn't provide enough protection. We'll see if they survived and re-sprout.
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Most of the bananas I have here in Houston appear to be pushing new growth. The Siam Ruby look the least happy, but most have new leaves starting. We'll have to see with the Dwarf Cavendish, it was zapped at 25, then again at 22, 3 weeks later. It started growing after that, but then we were down around 30 and it hasn't re-emerged yet. Thai Black seemed the happiest of everything. No damage at 25, but knocked back at 22.
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Most of the bananas I have here in Houston appear to be pushing new growth. The Siam Ruby look the least happy, but most have new leaves starting. We'll have to see with the Dwarf Cavendish, it was zapped at 25, then again at 22, 3 weeks later. It started growing after that, but then we were down around 30 and it hasn't re-emerged yet. Thai Black seemed the happiest of everything. No damage at 25, but knocked back at 22.
You have your siam ruby out all winter ? Wow I live in zone 9 it did get pertty cold here this winter I took my siam ruby in. Will they servive a zone 9 winter ? Anybody ever try it ?
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