15.2 Degrees...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HOOLIE, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's the current temp at my house, as of now (12:15am) Wind is howling out there too. My X-mas decorations are taking a beating. Question to any of you southern guys...I have this cocoa palm tree, about 5 years old, just finally put it in the ground this past year. Bought it at a nursery in Myrtle Beach, the nursery said it could withstand temps down to 12 degrees. Should I just wrap it in something, use some sort of heater to keep it warm? If it doesn't make it, I won't be broken-hearted. But I'd like to help it along if possible.
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    it is negative 12 here right now, further up north they are at negative 25, and that is not including the windchill. The highest in temp that it got here today was 4
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    My weather bug says 17.8 currently. That is to dang cold for me.
     
  4. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    It was 45 this afternoon, then the cold front blew through, temps dropped down to 25 by 8pm, got our first snow flurries of the season. If the wind lets up, maybe we'll get below 10 degrees tonite.
     
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    congrats on your first snow Hoolie :)
     
  6. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks, Tiedeman. My son is hoping for a snow day from school (do they have those in Michigan?) Not that far-fetched for this area. But I think school will be in session tomorrow.
     
  7. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Palms are sturdy but down to twelve degrees? It never gets that cold here so I don't know but they are tropical. Wrapping it wouldn't hurt. ASU has an arbertorium site you can look at but I don't know if your vaierty of palm will be included. Uof A might have some info on their site as well or maybe a Floridia cooperative extension site? Here it's 57 degrees for the low. Only thing I like about it here anymore, mild winters. Pass the lemonade.
     
  8. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks, I'll have to look into those sites. According to the nursery, this type of palm is the hardiest of them all. I don't think they can take 12 degrees every night, but occasionally maybe. Anyway, she showed me some pictures that some guy who bought a palm from her sent, he lives in Chicago, and has some heating system set up for the tree. I'm not looking to get crazy with it, it only gets that cold here a few times a year on average.
     
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Unfortunately ASU doesn't have direct link to the arboretum but here it is hope you can find your variety. http://www.azarboretum.org/ Sorry just tried to look it up for you and their server is not up, can't see anything.
     
  10. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
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