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Old 10-13-2021, 11:39 PM   #581 (permalink)
 
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So I was out of town for a few days during which we had a bit of a frost, and I came back to this:

My two dwarf (super dwarf?) somethings - the two black plants in the foreground - and my Dwarf Orinoco - back left in front of the turquoise adirondacks

I don't really know what the low temp or for how long was but I think it unlikely it was below 0C - this morning the low was 1C and the windsheilds were icy



Close up of the Dwarf Orinoco



Not cold enough to damage all of the leaves and the p-stems were fine on all plants, so I buried them in big mulch piles (fir bark) and covered them with plastic sheets to keep them dry.

And Helen's Hybrid, which definitely fared better but still suffered some damage..... I haven't mulched it yet



And 3 of the 4 Dwarf Orinocos on their way into the garage from the greenhouse. There was some damage on the upper leaf on the plant to the right.....it happened to be up against the side of the greenhouse



My Basjoo suffered slight damage, but as expected it fared the best of all the outdoor plants - I'll post a pic tomorrow for comparison.
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My Basjoo for comparison to the above. Hard to see but there is some discoloration on a few of the leaves and the mid-ribs on a few have collapsed. Otherwise, not too bad, and a great indicator it is time to put it to bed.

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did the frost come early compared to an average year?
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did the frost come early compared to an average year?
No, not really. We sometimes get first frost end of Sept. I have seen it as late as early November, but by then the first frost is usually quite hard. If we have a rainy Sept/Oct then of course the cloud cover keeps the heat in, but as soon as it clears up temps drop.

I of course looked at the forecast before leaving town and knew there was a possibility that one overnight might get down there, but took my chances anyway

10C overnight last night.
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Frost predicted for the next 2 nights so I decided it was time. Here is my experiment this year with the goal of saving as much height on the mother stem and as many of the pups as possible.

Usually I cut the pups to the ground and only protect the mother but I would like to have bigger pups to separate earlier in the season, hence the large enclosure. We'll find out in 6 months if it works or if I am just creating a winter oasis for the varied endemic rodents.

And of course if anyone has any suggestions I am eager to hear them.







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And the front yard plants.

I am not holding my breath at all for the 2 super dwarfs, but I thought I would give them a shot anyway. The Dwarf Orinoco is also in serious question, but gotta try. And the Helen's Hybrid??? I am hopeful the mat will do more than just barely survive, but I certainly don't expect anything above ground to come through. Keeping fingers crossed.

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Default Re: Time to put the bananas to sleep for the Winter

looks good
i might use a tarp this year as well

hope it works! i would like to try overwintering the dwarf orinoco also

what is the absolute minimum temperature you have seen there?
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what is the absolute minimum temperature you have seen there?
The coldest I have seen it at our place is -12C - more commonly our lows for the season tend to be around -7 to -9 or so, and its not usually for an extended period, a few days before a low pressure system pushes its way in and warms things up a bit
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