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Re: I think it's an accumulation of things.
Posted by Alex NYC on 10/28/2017, 12:15 am, in reply to "Re: I think it's an accumulation of things."
Edited by Alex NYC on 10/28/2017, 12:17 am
That's a really interesting comparison! Their winter nighttime temperatures seem to be pretty similar. But from what I'm finding, Durban has warmer winter days than California (low 70s in Durban vs about 60 in Cali) and the winters in Durban are dry and summers are wet which coconut palms love. I notice even with hardy palms, dry & cold is a lot easier to handle.
What's interesting about Bermuda is their winters are pretty damp and windy which isn't great for coconut palms, but in that case the fact that temperatures don't leave the 60s during the day or at night and warm back up to the mid 80s all day and night during the summer is enough to keep coconut palms.
The other thing to note about California nights along the coast is how cool they get all year long. I often need a sweatshirt when I am visiting there even during the summer at night. But at the same time, there are some coconut palms that do survive for a while in California. I think they could make it in California in the right microclimate, but they wouldn't thrive.
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