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Re: Citrumelo :
Ensete maureliis don't like frozen soil for sure . That is the main difference from the winters it survived here and the winter that killed it . After nine days below 32F with nighttime lows of 7F-25F during that period , you can imagine that the ground had a good long time to freeze .
I say that but , now that I think about it , I did have a landscape worker scalp it flush to the ground while it was still solid and not mush . He may have cut off the growing bud . The plant was solid from about 12" down , along with a solid center . I may have to reassess my previous thinking about why it died . I'll have other winters to learn more .
I do mulch heavily which I know helps .
Thanks Brad .
Ten year lows: 15F 19F 20F 5F 4F 15F 7F 8F 14F 19F(2020)
10 Year Average Winter Lowest Low 12.6F ; 30 Year 12.16F
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