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Date Posted: 06:16:47 02/05/07 Mon
Author: Shawn(Zone 6/7)
Subject: Very very cold in the Northeast
In reply to: Amanda 's message, "Re: Very cold in the Northeast" on 17:16:28 01/18/07 Thu

As of today 8:36 AM it is 8F ( -7 with windchill) All Yuccas are doing fine. Even the one 4 foot trachy is doing fine.

Amanda & Tony,

I covered all the Yucca Rostratas with just a clear plastic bags & mulched the trunk up to 4 inches. The bags come off when it gets above freezing and no rain or snow. Now the Yucca thompsoniana just have mulch and thats it. They did the most growth this past summer and look better at this point than the Rostratas. By the way when I got the Y. thompsoniana, they had roots, the Rostrata didn't. So when I put the thompsoniana in the ground they just kept on growing. The Rostratas had little growth but did still looked strong. When they become really established this year they should be able to handle the Northeast cold with no problem. But I'll still cover them when freezing rain is coming.

The Trachycarpus Fortunei is the biggest surprise so far. No burn so far. I have a small fence around it with leafs up to 2 feet high since late dec. On the rainy and snowy days a clear plastic bag go's over the other 2 feet of the plam and is takin off above freezing. And so far this has worked, but we will see come spring if it all worked out.

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