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RE: weather/plants


Interesting Noreen.... thanks!

I was thinking about my annuals and the first frost, where I am covering
everything so I can enjoy it for a few more weeks.

Donna

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of TeichFlora@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 11:46 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather/plants
> 
> Many plants/tropicals can take temps down to 30 before the foliage is
> damaged.  Bougainvillas do well to 28 even.  It takes much colder
weather
> to do
> damage to the actual roots.   The difference is that the temps here
drop
> down to
> below freezing for such short periods that it really doesn't do the
harm
> that it
> would if the temps stayed below freezing for hours at a time.  The
ground
> never or very very rarely freezes here.   Short freezes nip the
foliage,
> etc. a
> bit, but doesn't harm enough to kill.....especially in established
plants.
> Day
> time temps go back up quickly, and we don't have many days where the
sun
> doesn't shine, which helps a great deal too.
> I bring in the smaller, younger plants in pots, but have left out my
large
> Hibiscus, bougainvillas, citrus, etc. for years now.....and haven't
lost
> any of
> those.  But then we have not had any harsh winters since 89/90, where
> temps
> dipped to 20.  Even then many of the established plants survived at
the
> roots.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> 
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