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Re: Re: tropical temps/was time question

I thought they used smudge pots.  

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Janet  Laytham <jw.laytham@worldnet.att.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Thu, 23 Jan 2003 19:38:50 -0500

>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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