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They say it's gonna freeze tonight...

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Alexis, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Alexis

    Alexis New Member

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    ...and that hasn't happened in the 10 years that I've lived in South Florida. We received a few days' warning that this would happen, which gave us time to wrap the Looking Glass in plastic. Last night reached 39* outside, but with 2 small electric space heaters, I was able to maintain 46* in the coolest section of the LG. And that only happened for around 2 hours.

    They're predicting tonight will reach 31* in my area, which will cause the temp to go way too low with my current setup; so DH bought a small propane burner today. (You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find portable heaters in South Florida. Neither HD nor WalMart had any. The idiot at HD didn't even know what a space heater is.) We also dragged our propane grill into the LG, in case we need to fire that up, too.

    My blooming plants that have any significance to me have been brought in, and they're hanging all over the house. 10 blooming Rhy giganteas are sure making my bathroom smell sweet.

    All 6 kitties will get to enjoy the luxury of indoor living tonight (as opposed to being locked on the screened porch, which is their usual nightly arrangement.) Even though they each have a heating pad for when nights get cool, (they're spoiled) we'll be bringing them in. 'Should make for an interesting evening: 2 of the cats hate the other 5; and all 6 hate at least one other cat enough to start a fight.

    The orchids tied to trees are left to fend for themselves. I've wrapped 2 of my favorite groupings in sheets, though. We have a newly planted avocado grove of 72 trees, but we'll run the irrigation all night to try to protect them. We have a collection of around 15 other varieties of tropical fruit trees, with no irrigation to protect them. Hopefully, they will survive.

    Ah, the joys of living in the subtropics... We just don't know how to deal with this cold sh*t.
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    ouch. Well, good luck. I hope everything makes it through no worse for the wear.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    That sucks Alexis. It's supposed to get down to 44 tonight here. Brrr...
     
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    That's a sad, sad day when Denver is warmer than Miami...
     
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    Damn. Someone in FL just sent me a plant.

    Good luck Alexis. I remember the few nights last year I freaked out. I was out of town and couldn't bring anything in.
     
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    Good luck, Alexis! I hope it doesn't really get that cold!
    Sounds like you're as ready as you can be!
     
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    We are supposed to have a hard freeze tonight in Orlando. All the plants got carted in. I have garment racks just for bringing in all my Vandas and two large garden carts for all of the others. I only have about 100 plants and they all fit in nicely inside of the french doors.

    Cathy
    CozyPlants.jpg
     
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    So true! We have had some abnormal cold weather here also for the last two weeks. I think it got down to 7F one night, which it is way too cold for my area. Good luck, Alexis.
     
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    It was colder here this morning then it was in Boston or Chicago. So there.

    Good luck, Alexis. I will keep my fingers crossed for everything, especially the avocados!
     
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    Thanks, folks! So far, we're maintaining 63*...

    Piggy, you're a lucky girl that you have room to bring in all your plants! Kudos to you for having a plan. Meanwhile, MY Piggy (badass little feline girl) is roaming the house, looking for something to kill...

    *Alexis and Jim are looking around for their stash of sleeping pills*
     
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    LOL!

    I hope you survive the "kitty wars"!

    And the plants do too!
     
  12. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    It was 70+ here today. Beautiful spring-like day. Almost 30 degrees above our normal for this time of year. We went through the ass-cold in December (remember when I was talking about windchills of -40?).

    I hope everything does okay for you, Alexis.
     
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    We've had about 5 hours of freezing temperatures. How did you fare Alexis?

    Cathy
     
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    We did just fine, thanks for asking. Other than the fact that we got ZERO sleep. Freakin' cats...

    I checked temps a number of times overnight, and we maintained 59* in the Looking Glass. I don't think the outside temps went much below 38, so we dodged a bullet.

    I hope you don't lose too much as a result of such a long freeze!
     
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    that is awesome. 38 huh? I would have put the cats outside. Well, truth be told they would have been out anyway. I mean, they have fur coats!
     
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    They were calling for 30. If I'd known it was only going to 38, I'd have left their asses out! They have heating pads, after all. But I'm a softie...
     
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    Only the hardiest plants survived outside. Everything else looks like it got torched. My banana and papaya trees are toast but the mango, avocado, star fruit and citrus made it through!

    Cathy
     
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    bummer Cathy. Well, at least some stuff survived.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, Cathy. Don't uproot the entire banana, though. I bet it will throw a pup once the temps warm. If the papaya looks like it's dead, you may try cutting it back to around waist height. I've heard they will regrow from a dormant eye. I've never tried that, but I have successfully "dwarfed" a number of papayas by repeatedly pinching the meristem. I have fruiting trees that are no more than 5 feet tall. They're pretty resilient.

    Good luck!
     
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    Hey Piggy. Is that a Roomba?