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hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:13:48 AM »
so
i remember when i was in my early 20s (30yrs ago ish)
we had temps in the low 20s, and there was ice on lake pontchartrain so thick i walked on it.
it stayed in the mid to upper 20s for a couple of days though.

so, i am going out to buy 4 heaters and extension cords.
i piled leaves on things like aloe-vera, and small plants
(i piled leaves on everything actually)
covered things with cardboard etc...

i plan on putting boiling water in a 5 gal bucket for the 2 Jabo in ground.
and probably for the Longan

a heater for the Ingao, baobob, green sapote, and mango.

this is quite depressing.
i may be changing hobbies in spring depending on what comes back.

i did just order a couple of Pawpaw, a Che,  and blueberries.


22F for tonight/early tomorrow

thankfully, temps will be dropping during the night
not reaching 22F till 8am
i can wake around 6 and try to curtail the damage.

should i use a hose and water stuff down at 7am ?


« Last Edit: January 16, 2018, 10:16:40 AM by greenman62 »

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 02:38:26 PM »
I feel your pain despite being in central Florida. This last blast kicked my trees in the nuts. I need to pull my potted ones for this new one tonight. If nothing comes back I have right around 40% loss at this point of around 100 trees. I too am thinking cooler weather trees too as scientists are predicting a low sun activity period for the next couple decades meaning much cooler weather for awhile.

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 02:45:47 PM »
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Hoping that your trees and plants suffer minimally. I think you will come out OK.

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 04:00:28 PM »
Hurry up and get a green house greenman, maybe then it will quit being so cold everywhere?
You can change your name to greenhouseman62 ?

I was 32F two nights the last cold snap but luckily only a short time.
I have definitely been looking at greenhouses. I look every day at the record low for
this area and today it was 28F and yesterday it was 22F. Its only a matter of time.

 

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2018, 06:13:58 PM »
i feel for you - good luck.

As you can imagine, i'm excited to hear you bought some pawpaws :) (what cultivars, by the way?)

As for me - I still stress about our cold weather (4 degrees tonight, was 4 deg on New Year's Day too) even though I have all native plants! I guess I shouldn't - I'm working on it. :)
My muscadines I guess are the only thing I worry about but figure that's silly at this time of year - it it was 4 Deg in March, I might really need to worry :)

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 10:02:15 AM »
i feel for you - good luck.

As you can imagine, i'm excited to hear you bought some pawpaws :) (what cultivars, by the way?)

As for me - I still stress about our cold weather (4 degrees tonight, was 4 deg on New Year's Day too) even though I have all native plants! I guess I shouldn't - I'm working on it. :)
My muscadines I guess are the only thing I worry about but figure that's silly at this time of year - it it was 4 Deg in March, I might really need to worry :)

Triloba Tracker, Pawpaw are called...
 called Gainsville #2, and Mango
https://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JFE/product/mango-pawpaw/
https://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JFE/product/gainesville-2-pawpaw/
( fruited well   in Gainesville Florida)

also got a CHE (Darrow) and  a Raisin Tree)

https://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JFE/product/japanese-raisin-tree/
https://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/JFE/product/darrow-melon-berry-tree/

a loganberry, black raspberry (Cumberland), and a Farthing and Star blueberry.
(from ISONS)

i do have several Jujube, muscadine, loquat, pomegranate, mulberry, feijoa,
others that should come out OK.
i have some that are supposed to take some cold, but, now, i am worried about.

white sapote, longan, lychee, banana (dwarf namwah), guava (several types) , eugenia florida, Jabo (4)

i have 4 loquats that have been flowering for weeks now.
will i see fruit ?
i am looking at a Lychee in a 3gal that it is outgrowing
i forgot to bring in,
i hope its good for another hour while i have coffee and get the courage to face this weather.

 achetadomestica
i have a greenhouse and never use it,
most of the plants i have are in ground. part of the point of what i am doing is to create a permaculture food-forest
cant really do that in containers.
also, the greenhouse gets really really hot in summer and its a pain to water them.
i am thinking about cutting the top off of it, and putting large containers in it.
it will still be semi-protected, plants will get water,
 and the reduced height will provide more sun to areas it now shades out a bit.

its 20F



greenhouse


mango bailys near house


Inga and Guava


Jabo


Inside plants


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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2018, 10:46:13 AM »
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« Last Edit: March 19, 2018, 06:40:59 PM by Frog Valley Farm »

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Re: hard freeze /arctic blast for New Orleans
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 11:37:07 AM »
Your lychee should be ok. I know mine took the upper 20s and heavy frost unprotected a couple weeks ago like champs. Longon near them did the same thing while a nearby black sapote got beaten down. My white sapote in the open yellowed a bit but seems fine otherwise. I know you guys will get a little colder than us.

 

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