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Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 5/8/2018, 11:58 am, in reply to "Re: Winter Damage Report - Northern Delaware"
The Ace Bandage strategy is one I thought up all on my own.
I would get frustrated after winters that weren't all that cold only to wind up with beat-to-hell Needle Palms due to snow loads mounting on the fronds and breaking the petioles. I had to come up with a way to overcome the Needle Palm's design flaw of having petioles way too thin and brittle to withstand Mid-Atlantic snowfalls. And it hit me. If I could bunch them up tightly together, I would then, in theory, bring together the strength of all those thin petioles into something substantial that could take a snowy winter. Blizzards, even!
And ever since I've employed this method, I haven't had one frond snap due to snow or ice. It's really been a godsend. But the bandages are ridiculously expensive. I use store brands when I can get them.
Thanks for asking about that!
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal
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