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Re: Before and after the freeze :
It's been in the upper 20s the last couple nights. We have a guy in my town who grows maybe 10 to 15 large banana plants every year. This year, one actually bore fruit, which is rare. I only recall one other year when that happened at his place. In any event, on Friday, they were still all green and alive, although the leaves were wind-torn. This morning, all shriveled up!
Growing "hardy" palms here is challenging enough where you can enter springtime with browned out plants. There's no way I could grow glorified annuals like that. Not putting anyone down! To each his own, man. Do what you gotta do.
It's just that cold-zapped tender plants are no fun, look awful, and are extra work cleaning up after. I'll stick with tough BLEs like cherry laurels, Aucubas, Photinias and yuccas.
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