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Date Posted: 07:29:11 07/28/06 Fri
Author: Tony O (NE Ok)
Subject: Re: To: Tony O (Z6) NE Ok... Cover or Not.
In reply to: Leroy Z7 Staten Island, NY 's message, "To: Tony O (Z6) NE Ok... Cover or Not." on 17:29:44 07/26/06 Wed

Normally we have wet winters, but lately it's been getting dryer. It's also been upped to a zone 7 the last several winters. Last winter it was very much a dry one, almost drought conditions. My pond is usually over flowing by April, but was as low as it gets in August this year. The problem here is, we only have a few really cold spells during a normal mild winter. It rains, then gets cold, freezing everything that got wet.

I used to just cover everything with a pile of leaves. That worked good on most smaller plants. Then I was told to use plastic, so as they grew I tried that & lost some. On sunny days it got to hot under it causing moisture, then would freeze over night. I then tried covering with dry leaves & THEN cover with plastic. That seamed to work best. I've been gone & wasn't able to winterize much the last 2 winters & lost some things.

I started on a cacti & succulent bed a few years back that never got finished. I plan to finish it this summer. Good drainage helps a lot in keeping desert plants alive in cold, wet weather.

I don't have any Yucca Rostrata at this time. I lost about 20 young plants back in the 80s & haven't tried any more. I would like to get 2 or 3 more to try again, now that I know a little more about their care. I would DEFIANTLY DO MY BEST TO KEEP THE CROWNS DRY during the winters. I would think the larger plants would want to be kept dry too. The problem is, the larger they get, the harder they are to protect. It's not the cold that gets them, it's the frozen moisture. Has anyone tried frost cloth? That should keep off most moisture & still let the plants breathe.

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