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Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« on: December 01, 2020, 06:43:01 PM »
For folks actually seeing freezing temperatures, so sorry  ;D

Temperatures are dropping this week in South FL, We have low 50s tonight.
It will warm up after today but I have a few seedlings that I started outdoors, should I bring the potted ones into the garage where it will be a couple of degrees warmer.  What are you going to protect young plants, please share.

By the way, the potted seedling varieties include:
1) Abiu,
2) torta ssp. glabra,
3) Garcinia brasiliensis,
4) Pitomba,
5) cherimoya/atemoya (for rootstock)

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2020, 07:19:15 PM »
Going to 21 here for about 6 hours >:( . Since my greenhouse heater isn't installed I had to make some adjustments to keep my ultra tropicals alive. For pedalai, I moved it in the house. Breadfruit is in the grow tent inside the greenhouse. I moved my seedlings of garcinias (bacupari and lemon drop), euginias, an abiu, and some others near the heater and they seem to like it. I guess with your seedlings you could either bring them into the garage, or make some sort of makeshift greenhouse. I think that the seedlings could take the low 50s for a short time. I personally think that bringing them into the garage is a wise decision though.
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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2020, 07:51:11 PM »
Here in San Diego 10a we've been averaging high 40's at night. My Garcinia seedlings (Intermedia, Brasiliensis, Achachairu, and Luc's) have all been happy enough outside without protection. Some of them have even continued to push out new growth.

If it gets much cooler I will need to bring them inside with their more tropical brethren. Not saying this is great practice, but just another data point to consider.
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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2020, 10:07:22 PM »
For folks actually seeing freezing temperatures, so sorry  ;D

Temperatures are dropping this week in South FL, We have low 50s tonight.
It will warm up after today but I have a few seedlings that I started outdoors, should I bring the potted ones into the garage where it will be a couple of degrees warmer.  What are you going to protect young plants, please share.

By the way, the potted seedling varieties include:
1) Abiu,
2) torta ssp. glabra,
3) Garcinia brasiliensis,
4) Pitomba,
5) cherimoya/atemoya (for rootstock)

Projected low here in Wellington tonight is 44.
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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2020, 02:36:02 AM »
Here in Lakeland, FL we are projected for mid 30's for the overnight low.  Right now 38.8 degrees but doesn't seem to be dropping much at this point.  While I set up existing frames and frost cloth from last year, I also had to build new ones for the additions this past spring and summer.  Just hoping we get lucky and dodge the freeze bullet.  Another 4 or 5 hours and we should know.  Nurseries in the area were pumping the water over the plants at 5 last evening and I would guess by now the local strawberry fields are being sprayed as well to be safe.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2020, 08:46:30 AM »
For weather that wasn't supposed to leave the high 30s, we ended up in the mid 30s. I had frost on my truck when I put the dogs out last night, as dry as it is, I wasn't expecting that. I had brought my most tropical potted trees into the garage along with a few light weights that were iffy. My only preps for the trees left outside though, not expecting anything really rough was some incandescent Christmas lights in my mango and perfume trees. Hopefully that was enough to protect from the frost. The rest of my trees had to rely on ground heat since this was unexpected. 9 times out of 10 the weather overstates how cold it will be.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2020, 09:22:02 AM »
My yard Satsuma is covered in ripe fruit right now.
It took yesterdays 26 degrees with no protection like a trooper... last night went down to 25... still looks fine.
Had a bunch of potted Surinames and COTRGs that took yesterdays OK too... surprising.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2020, 10:20:26 AM »
PSL 50F was low, 58F now.  Heat pumping, sweatshirt & fuzzy hat on.
Not retrieving my garbage pail till temp hits 60 lol.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2020, 01:10:59 PM »
Southwest Ranches had a predicted low of 46-47F never dropped below 51F. Minimal winds too.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2020, 03:10:30 PM »
Orkine I have all those plants ,the only one that I would at least protect from cold wind is abiu

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2020, 09:55:29 PM »
After last night reaching down to about 37 in Orlando, it appears only my banana tree leaves have some frost damage. Uncovered mangoes, Carambola, guava, dragon fruit seems to be OK. I was surprised to see the amount of frost on top of all the roofs this morning.

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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2020, 10:22:54 AM »
I'm in 9B as well. It hit 37oC yesterday in my area. Only mild leaf damage so far is my hog plum and some banana leaves. Young coconuts look fine. Both in ground caimitos look fine and my young in ground Jackfruit. Brought in my sensitive seedlings though.
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Re: Dealing with the FL deep freeze - Not exactly
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2020, 07:14:50 PM »
Orkine I have all those plants ,the only one that I would at least protect from cold wind is abiu
Thanks.  I planted 10 abiu seeds (courtesy of a fellow forum member)  and have at least 6 of the abiu that germinated.  I moved in 2 of them and will be putting them back out until the weekend.
We did not drop into the low 40s as was projected for some areas south of us, but we might have cracked 49 in the wee hours of the morning.  Looks like we will see low temps again this weekend.


 

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