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Old 12-02-2013, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Party.. I hate to say it.. Prefer we all just have a non-Winter.. :^)
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The weather has not hit us yet but I can see it coming over the Olympic mountains.
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If I recall correctly, in January 2007 we had something like 48 hours below freezing here with a low of 20.4F. I'm not looking forward to a couple of days down to 25F later this week, but our forecast highs for the same days are in the upper 40s and lower 50s so things should not be as bad as back then.

I was going to put together a greenhouse for my pitaya last week but decided to postpone it until after my solar project gets completed later this week and the inspector is gone. Wish the timing was different.
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I am not ready. ..I also remember January 2007. I have over 100 pitahaya plants too.

5 mangoes and two papayas. .
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If I recall correctly, in January 2007 we had something like 48 hours below freezing here with a low of 20.4F. I'm not looking forward to a couple of days down to 25F later this week, but our forecast highs for the same days are in the upper 40s and lower 50s so things should not be as bad as back then.

I was going to put together a greenhouse for my pitaya last week but decided to postpone it until after my solar project gets completed later this week and the inspector is gone. Wish the timing was different.
And here at least we are expected to have some air movement so the chance of frost is low. It sucks seeing totally brown plants all winter because of one freak frost in so cal.
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I'm used to brown banana plants in the winter. Some of my white sapote I've planted/grafted over the past five years have become quite productive and produced very good fruits. They withstood one morning last winter down to 22F with essentially no damage, though I was worried. I'm hoping we don't get anything colder than that. I have 25 varieties now and would hate to lose any of them but I could take some cuttings if I knew a hard freeze is coming.
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The way I'm reading the meteorological charts and models, it appears they will have a once-in-fifty-years winter storm in the Pacific Northwest which then careens across Canada and the northern U.S., widening and blasting much of the east coast. For southern California, the typically USDA zone 10 areas are predicted to have lows of only 40F. We'll see what actually happens.

I recall during "the freeze of 2007" I was living 8 miles inland from Del Mar and the ocean was within site of my hillside backyard. There were a few nights that the temperatures flirted below 32F (0 C) just before dawn, but there was one killer night that it hit 32F at 11pm and kept dropping until reaching 27F and sustaining it for 3 hours before dawn. Most of my plants at the time were ok with this. There was some defoliation of tender plants and of course the bananas turned brown within about a week but none of the bananas died. I did lose a Passiflora quadrangularis -- it was toast the morning after with shriveled main stem and total leaf drop. The interesting plant was my "Fredericks" P. edulis cultivar. It had no leaf drop, and maybe a half-dozen leaves had a little burn around the edges. A warm spell followed that freeze, and the Fredericks flowered the next month.
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best wishes to you all and your plants. I hope this storm does not turn out to be as bad as it sounds.
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In 07 we had 3 feet of snow that lasted a couple of weeks. When the weather hit last night we had lighting thunder hale mix rain and snow then the temp dropped 12 degrees in a quick drop. when I got up this morning my flowers were all dead and the ground is hard. the good or bad thing is the sun is out but it is still below 40 on the porch. Thank god for frost cloth and heat packs. the bananas are just fine.

IT IS 38F AT 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON I don't even want to think of what the temp will be tonight. I know it is colder up north but this is just not right in Seattle we are the rainy city not the frozen north.

23 on porch where is the rain I so love this time of year. it would be three feet of snow at these temp's I am going through a lot of hot packs.
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The forecast for Huntington Beach is calling for a low of 41 tonight, 39 tomorrow, 43 Friday and 36 Saturday and 36 Sunday. I better bust out some of my winter coats from my time in NY to wrap around my bananas.
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The forecast for Huntington Beach is calling for a low of 41 tonight, 39 tomorrow, 43 Friday and 36 Saturday and 36 Sunday. I better bust out some of my winter coats from my time in NY to wrap around my bananas.
Our overnight low last night was 51F, with a low of 40F predicted for Saturday and Sunday -- along with an 80% chance of rain on Saturday.
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We got down to 37F this morning (vs. 32F forecast). Forecast for the next few nights are 25, 26, 31, 24, 23!
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We got down to 37F this morning (vs. 32F forecast). Forecast for the next few nights are 25, 26, 31, 24, 23!
Brrr, and we are in CA.
I have seen the long list of banana plants you have listed in your profile. How do you protect them all?
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My profile needs to be updated, I guess. I no longer protect any of my bananas. That got old after a few years. I have Dwarf Orinoco, California Gold, maybe tall Namwah, Psiang Klotek, San Jose, Praying Hands, Dwarf Namwah, Variegated Tannee, Basjoo maybe a couple of others I'm forgetting.
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And they do survive/ fruit just fine?
It is my first year with 4 fruit bunches hanging right now and I am getting nervous. I do not want to loose the fruits.
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Yes, though not every one of them fruits every year. If spring is warm they get started early and have a better chance of flowering earlier early enough in the year. In January 2007 when I have 4 plants they all died with 3 of them re-sprouting from the corm. As long as we don't have too many hours of cold weather the pseudostems remain alive and new growth sprouts from the top in the spring. Sometimes they'll get stuck amongst the dried up tips and I need to cut them for new growth to emerge.
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