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Re: Re: tropical temps/was time question

I thought they sprayed the trees with water

on 01/23/2003 7:14 PM, Kitty Morrissy at kmrsy@earthlink.net wrote:

> Jim, 
> don't they use little flame heaters in the orchards, or something like
> that?  Couldn't a homeowner employ some sort of inexpensive heat device to
> get past the tough spots?
> Kitty
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Island Jim <jsinger@igc.org>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 1/23/2003 4:46:42 PM
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: tropical temps/was time question
>> looks like the citrus industry is going to get zinged again, melody. at
>> least that's what the weatherreaders are saying on tampa tv. as you no
>> doubt know, the "florida fruit belt" is due east of tampa, south and
>> slightly west of orlando.
>> here at the plantation, we will mostly cross our fingers. there's just
> too 
>> much stuff to try to cover it [it's times like this when goodwill and
> sally 
>> ann sell out of used sheets]. i'm worried most about my sugar apples, but
>> it would be a fool's errand to try to cover them. i can't worry about the
>> mangoes, starfruit, guavas, litchis, pineapples, bananas, etc-etc;
> they're 
>> too big to cover. for the second year in a row, however, we will probably
>> lose any chance that the loquats [now in full bloom] will set
> fruit--either 
>> the flowers will freeze or the pollinators will.
>> i did move my relatively expensive licuala palm into the lathhouse in the
>> faint hope that would be sufficient protection and i've moved some of the
>> moveable plants [ming aralias and such] back under the eaves. also of
>> interest--one of david's fantastic hybrid hibiscus, which is in a pot too
>> big to move without a forklift, is loaded with buds, one of which is
> about 
>> half open. beautiful flower [looks like the same one that's on his web
>> site--name i forget]. we'll see what the cold does to it, the other buds,
>> and the plant itself.
>> on the up side, this chill will likely encourage our two fig trees to
> give 
>> us a sensational crop next may. and it should traumatize the mulberry
>> enough to really prune the hell out of it; back to a fruiting nub.
>> bet you're sorry you asked, huh.
>> At 06:10 AM 1/23/03 -0500, you wrote:
>>> Jim: So with temps. dropping that far in Florida, what do you have to do
>>> to protect your tropical plants/fruits? When my husband and I decided to
>>> move back to Iowa from our year vacation in Florida, the day we left it
>>> was 30 degrees in Miami and the entire fruit industry suffered huge
>>> losses that year...it was sad...
>>> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
>>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
>>> --Albert Einstein

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