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RE: Re: Burr....it's getting cold out!


Yeah...I definitely struggle with it in a pot. It does bloom in the
greenhouse during the winter, I pollinate with a little brush and I get
fruit set, but most of them fall off when I move it out in April. This
year I had one decent sized baby lemon hanging on but a $*&# ground
squirrel bit it off. I've seen the occasional potted citrus here but
have never managed to talk to the owners about tactics. Never ever seen
one in the ground. 
However over the past 15 years the winters are get milder every year,
probably due to the incredible number of heat-producing houses covering
the landscape, so you never know, maybe my zone will change over time. 

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 8:30 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: Burr....it's getting cold out!

Your lemon would probably be happier with that than with other
alternatives possible in your area. The trees are pretty hardy--when we
worry about freezes and citrus, we worry because of the fruit. Most
citrus comes ripe in mid to late winter.

On Sep 22, 2006, at 11:12 AM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> We get down into the 20s on winter nights. I've wondered if I could 
> plant my dwarf lemon in the ground, pop a portable greenhouse over it 
> and plug in some Christmas lights for heat at night. It's never below 
> freezing during the day.
> Maybe someday I'll try it.
>
> Cyndi
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
> Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2006 5:30 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Re: Burr....it's getting cold out!
>
> Daryl, People do that all along the Gulf Coast, even with just regular

> Xmas lights.  I leave mine up after Xmas through January, just in
case.
> It  really does help.  Probably not up north, but for us down here in 
> the  south, it does.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
>
> In a message dated 9/20/2006 11:02:31 PM Central Standard Time, 
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
> I have a  friend who used to live in New Orleans. She used 
> old-fashioned C-sized  Christmas lights strung around/among  the 
> plants for the very few cold nights they had. I wonder if that would 
> be an option for those of you who have one or two cold nights followed

> by several weeks of better  weather?
>
> By the time we usually have frost, the daylight hours are so  few that

> most of the tender stuff has stopped blooming  anyway.
>
> Daryl (in Georgia, where it's finally delightfully cool and my  Ginger

> Lilies have started to bloom...)
>
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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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