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Old 02-02-2010, 09:09 PM   #281 (permalink)
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The coldest month of the year didn't leave without a fight, on the last few days of January, we were hit with the coldest temps so far, 3F!!! But it's warming up now. I have to admit that it's has been pretty mild. Hardly any snow on the ground. It just started to snow again today. We should have like 3ft of it. Though it's been mild...winter's not over yet...
Has the world turned upside down? We got down to 19F and were below freezing every night for something like 14 days--and we are on the coast here in FL! My sister just 50 miles NW got down to 13 F. This was not the coldest in terms of single low temperatures (5F is the all time low), but I bet as far as averages it is one of the coldest months ever here. We have had a few highs in the 60s and 1 in the 70s--we normally have many days in the 70s in Jan.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:59 AM   #282 (permalink)
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We just got less than 2 inches of snow today. It hasn't snowed in a long time - usually we are burried in it by now.
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As this winter comes to a close, looks like it will be 5 straight nights below 32F for the season. It's been nearly 2 months since we've had frost. Problem is, it got sooo cold that just a couple of nights ruined everything. I think that is frustrating, when you think if somehow Dec 8th, 9th and 10th didn't happen, I would have a healthy green yard still.
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Jan 2010 has been the coldest in our area since records were kept. Almost all of my musa plants were damaged, except one, Musa itinerans! It took 29 degrees with no damage!



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Is that the itinerans you got from me? Looks like it handled the cold with no problem.
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Yes it is Brent! Thank You!!

It really likes this time of year here in South Florida!

It's growth slows as it gets hot, Avg > 84.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:09 PM   #287 (permalink)
 
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I wonder if I could use water misters this summer to keep the plants cool and encourage growth. When the temps get to the 100s, growth speed really takes a hit
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Caloosa, have the Coco palms in southern Florida survived? I heard that temp in certain southern areas was as low as 30F, which is pretty much terminatory for most of the tropical palms and species. What about mangos, lychees... Do you have any information about that?
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Good evening Enigma99a,

It might be worth the effort, but watch out for Black sigatoka under those conditions. Wet the base and not the leaves.
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Good evening Jack Daw!

I have not gone out and made growth measurements as experience tells me in my area of South Florida they will survive.

They have been damaged much more than in preceeding years, no green growth left after freeze. In spite of the bad weather all of my Coconut trees but one, have survived and are extruding new green growth.

The coconut trees on my farm were not injured at all and helped provide some protection to my bananas there.
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Good morning Jackdaw,

The coconut palms on my Farm were little effected by the cold, a few leaves had minor damage (almost none).

Although some small mango trees at my home were damaged, the ones on my farm were not. I'll have pictures of those later. Lychees are the most cold hardy of the group and I've not seen any that sustained damage.



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I have not gone out and made growth measurements as experience tells me in my area of South Florida they will survive.

They have been damaged much more than in preceeding years, no green growth left after freeze. In spite of the bad weather all of my Coconut trees but one, have survived and are extruding new green growth.

The coconut trees on my farm were not injured at all and helped provide some protection to my bananas there.
I saw people in tropical countries plant the coco palms into the banana and citrus fields, to make the field crop more resistant to wind and hail damage. Is this your goal too?
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Good afternoon Jackdaw!

My objectives were to protect them from wind and cold. I've never seen hail where my farm is, as it so close to the Gulf.

I planted the Coconuts in the early 1990s, the bananas are more recent.
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We had a little mini arctic blast/storm for a day, got below 40... down to 37 last night.

I had already planted some bromeliads, but everything seems fine.
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Just starting this up again. I've seem to see that around the world there have been major cold temps, I thought it was just here, but I guess not. Some people still believe in global warming? HA!
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Last week I got a little bit of frost/cold burn on the leaves of some of my younger plants. This morning it was blowing about 30mph and was 34 degrees. Tonight there is not so much wind so I don't know what I'll have left come tomorrow morning.
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