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Old 11-24-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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2 Nights At 37f , i planted lots of Fruit Trees & Bananas This Summer I Hope They Survive .
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Default Re: NE Florida Cold Front.

people in FLA make me laugh..it gets down to 37 and there in a panic..projected lows for the next 3 nights are 15-19F . if I only had high 30's to worry about I would be set. goodluck hope everything pulls through alright
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Iv Only Been A Floridian For 9 Month Now, Originaly From NYC , Use To Big time Cold , Lived There For 45 Years , Just Worried That I have Lots Of Fruit Trees That Iv Planted And some Of Them will Die at 30f .

30f For Me is T-shirt weather ...

I see people On The streets wearing Coats , Im In T-shirt & Flip Flops ..
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I know the feeling. if its not in negative digits then I don't see the problem
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I think the problem here in FL is that we don't plan for the cold. I've been here for only 2 years and it seems like some frosts and freezes are a good bet every year. When we push zones we end up having to protect a lot of plants every year. Yeah, lower 30s upper 20s aren't cold temps in comparison to up north but we end up planting tropicals in a subtropical zone. It seems like it's what everyone does down here. I hear people complaining that they lose things like foxtail palms that they've spent hundreds on... those can't do below 30 degrees! It can go to 30 degrees or below well into South Florida once or twice a winter. We need to plant at least one zone lower, not higher.
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Hope your plants make it. Temps of 37 for a couple of hours here in zone 7 does not kill my bananas. It burns the leaves a bit, and makes them very unhappy. I am surprised that bananas are a little tougher tthan I thought. I expected them to kick the bucket if the temps dipped below 45. They survive, although they stop growing so long as the temps are in the upper 30's for only a few hours. I'm sure you have to take into account the variety, as some are more child sensitive than others.
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Default Re: NE Florida Cold Front.

It really depends what varieties you're talking about. If you have any that are particularly cold sensitive (like Reds), they will probably get damaged. Otherwise, they should be fine. I got down to 34 degrees last winter and my bananas didn't seem to care. Plus, since it's just a cold snap, it won't be as damaging to your plants as the consistent cold we get down here in Southern California during winter.
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Thanks For The Info ! ..

I covered Up My Dwarf PR Plantains, They are about 2 Ft Tall .

Everything Else Looked Fine This Morning ..

I Have 5 Spindle Palms That I was Unable To Cover & they also Loo Ok .
Let's Hope Its Just a cold snap .

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Yeah, definitely protect those plantains. They don't like the cold.
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edzone9... any idea what your low temp turned out to be last night? It was 43 degrees here (south of Sarasota), which was about 5 degrees lower than predicted. Just wondering if it got colder than the forecast for N. FL.

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36f Last night Tonight The same , I used The " Planket " On The PR Plantains..
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OK... good... sounds like everything made it through. It's been a chilly fall so far, warmer temps ahead!

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Default Re: NE Florida Cold Front.

I got distracted for a few days and that cold snap caught me by surprise. Thanksgiving and the day after the temp was in the 70's and lows in the 50's.
Sun. morning I walk out back and most of the bananas are brown. Must have been a frost, not a freeze because everything under trees made it ok and the things I had put into the greenhouse were ok too - with no heat turned on.

Winter can be so aggravating. We get 3 or 4 cold snaps that last 1-3 days but it kills most everything for the whole of winter. There have been some winters without a freeze, but I don't ever remember one without a frost. Of course, we never have the benefit of snow cover when it freezes.

I had several plumerias but they were under a tree and they look fine.

It's now back into the 70's but look out for Wed. night - upper 30's here in South Alabama so NW Florida will probably get it on Thur. night.

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The Lowest That Will Go In St Augustine Fl is 58-60 at night , so i will be ok for now ..

Sorry to hear about your Banana Plants ..

I was Surprised To See My 6Ft Avacado Tree That I Grew From a Pit Un-Harmed.

No Leaf Burn No Nothing , It Looked Steller !
Maybe It was all the coffee grounds that i feed it since it was in a pot
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Default Re: NE Florida Cold Front.

The lowest temperature here so far in November is 51F according to my thermometer. The average low is around 62F this time of year. The average temperatures this month are about 4F below normal. I am in deep south Florida though. The lowest temperature last winter was 35F in early January.
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