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by JackLord
Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Palms are sure getting tested this winter!
Replies: 22
Views: 4330
United States of America

Yea the big frozen wave is heading in tonight. I finally wrapped the Butia on Saturday. The rest of the lads have to face Mr Freeze on their own.
by JackLord
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Water or not
Replies: 13
Views: 3634
United States of America

Like a wilt pruf?? Anyone else use this product??? Yes, that is a good one. Give it a good spray before the protection goes up. However, giving it decent winter waterings is more important. I figure I will give my Butia a decent dose of very warm water in the middle of the day every couple of weeks...
by JackLord
Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Water or not
Replies: 13
Views: 3634
United States of America

Re: Water or not

Trachy is boxed up and temps are in the 20's for the high today but in my shelter it is 80. (I might join the Trachy) The south side of my box is double layer of 6 mil green house plastic. Then boxed in with plywood and foam insulation( I'll post pics ) I have heater on thermocube( t-3). but my que...
by JackLord
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Semi-off topic: CIDP moves to the Oregon coast
Replies: 14
Views: 3961
United States of America

I like how you planted it in a half barrel that is within the deck. Very creative.
by JackLord
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: chillypalmtree.com ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2973
United States of America

I ordered a bunch of stuff and was quite pleased. Fair prices and healthy specimens. The fella, Sean I think, is a really good guy. I would just call him. Mine were personally delivered as he does a couple of runs in his truck every Spring. The only time I used the website was when I decided to buy ...
by JackLord
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: HELP! Iffy Thermocube?
Replies: 20
Views: 6798
United States of America

You haven't used it for 3 years? :shock: cube is in an outlet on the front porch which may get warmer quicker than everything else The T cube should be where the temp protection is needed. i.e. at the palm, connected to the string of lights. Or maybe I misunderstood what you posted. Barb I am not u...
by JackLord
Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: HELP! Iffy Thermocube?
Replies: 20
Views: 6798
United States of America

Yeah, it shouldn't go off until 45F. Or maybe sunlight was warming the protection for a while? I thought that might be the case. It was 39 F in the greenhouse. The cube is in an outlet on the front porch which may get warmer quicker than everything else. Still, it went off and then on again and tha...
by JackLord
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Greenhouse & Outside Protection
Topic: HELP! Iffy Thermocube?
Replies: 20
Views: 6798
United States of America

What a coincidance. I suspect my Thermocube is wonky as well. I was waiting to see it if would activate last night at 35 F. It was 11:30 pm and still 36 F outside. I could not stay up any longer. It was on this morning but then stopped while it was still 32 F. Then it went back on. Perhaps time to p...
by JackLord
Tue May 07, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Lots of damage this year... Not sure why!
Replies: 18
Views: 4834
United States of America

Don't feel bad. I took my first major casualties this Winter. Lost a Med and two Saw Palmettos. Looked like they just dried out. My perfect record ends. :(

I also lost a Meyer Lemon I was overwintering in the basement.
by JackLord
Tue May 07, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Palms in Northern Virgina
Replies: 10
Views: 3650
United States of America

I live near you and presently have 6 Needle Palms growing. Never gave them any protection beyond a good layer of mulch in the Winter. They are pretty tough.

My only concern with yours would be its NE siting. Mine are all S to SW.
by JackLord
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Any members in the Washington DC/Baltimore area?
Replies: 9
Views: 2430
United States of America

Damn! lol, I stayed in Laurel when there. I went to a few Lowe's and Home Depots but they didn't have anything different than we have here in Nebraska. I'll be back there though late summer to help my daughter move as she is getting a new duty station in San Diego(yes, near Jungle Music!!) What is ...
by JackLord
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:22 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Any members in the Washington DC/Baltimore area?
Replies: 9
Views: 2430
United States of America

Sorry I missed this. There is a fine nursery in Laurel that always has good Trachys, no matter how much their staff might deny it.
by JackLord
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
United States of America

Well in the end I was wrong. :oops:

The Citrumelos all took damage, but are already in full recovery mode. The Thomasville defoliated after holding up for most of the winter. The trunk and branches are still green though.
by JackLord
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
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Tim:

It looks fine. Don't worry about it. It will grow like a mad thing this summer. Guaranteed.
by JackLord
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: What tubers are you going to plant soon?
Replies: 9
Views: 3559
United States of America

moisture got in to my winter storage and rotted a good portion of what I had put away. Any good storage tips are appriciated for canna or colocasia. I started some canna from seed and have a few colocasia in the prop now. everything else is already growing. You might try just leaving them in the gr...
by JackLord
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Palm and Olive Trees in Denmark in Winter
Replies: 11
Views: 3570
United States of America

I have a Dogwood that is slowly succumbing to blight. As it is right next to the cactus and succulent sector, I would like to put an olive there. I don't care if it fruits- I hate olives. But it would look cool. I have my doubts that it would make it though. There is a few good look a likes, and so...
by JackLord
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
United States of America

TimMAz6 wrote:I'd love to visit when I come down to the MD area again. 8)
Just let me know. Drinks on the tropical veranda of the Le Jardin du Lord.
by JackLord
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Weather & Climate
Topic: Palm and Olive Trees in Denmark in Winter
Replies: 11
Views: 3570
United States of America

I have a Dogwood that is slowly succumbing to blight. As it is right next to the cactus and succulent sector, I would like to put an olive there. I don't care if it fruits- I hate olives. But it would look cool.

I have my doubts that it would make it though.
by JackLord
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
United States of America

TimMAz6 wrote:Please post a photo of your Citrumelo................any fruit yet? :D
Looks like yours. I would think they are related as they come from the same place.

No fruit or flowers yet. My Thomasville fruited outside.

Next time you visit family, stop by and see them all.
by JackLord
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
United States of America

oh yes a first year plant...........that's why I'm concerned the temp dropped below 10F inside the protection.......I think I got lucky.....it still looks OK. :D Established Citrumelos can take quick drops down close to 0F (-18C) when dormant. 8) The long range forecast says no more cold below 10F....
by JackLord
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New addition.....Citrumelo (hardy grapefruit) arrived today!
Replies: 60
Views: 32003
United States of America

oh yes a first year plant...........that's why I'm concerned the temp dropped below 10F inside the protection.......I think I got lucky.....it still looks OK. :D Established Citrumelos can take quick drops down close to 0F (-18C) when dormant. 8) The long range forecast says no more cold below 10F....
by JackLord
Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Gardenias
Replies: 6
Views: 2737
United States of America

One year ago, I planted a Frostproof and a Chuck Hayes. Both flowered and have doubled in size already. No protection at all and planted on the northeast side near the house. I checked on them during the recent cold snaps and they look unconcerned. I highly recommend these cultivars. They look and s...
by JackLord
Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: New base for Trachy hut
Replies: 24
Views: 5172
United States of America

My Butia outgrows its protection every year must be nice to have a Butia that actually grows... :wink: Burlap is enough? really? no heat tape/C-9 lights? How about some update photos? Jim's place must've been hit by a beer truck... :lol: It worked last winter although it was a warm one. I had Chris...
by JackLord
Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: New base for Trachy hut
Replies: 24
Views: 5172
United States of America

Impressive Trachy! Just have extensons built to the same spec as the palm hut. My Butia outgrows its protection every year so now I just wrap it in burlap.
by JackLord
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Local Osage Orange tree is full of fruit
Replies: 3
Views: 1694
United States of America

Are those edible?

I remember playing with them as a kid. We called them "brain apples" and used to throw them around and at each other.
by JackLord
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: banana overwintering process feedback needed.
Replies: 3
Views: 2178
United States of America

The problem is where I am located and the types of bananas I have. The red dwarf and dwarf brazilian will not go through a michigan winter no matter how well I protect them. I got these from a local school greenhouse program for free so I had no choice in cold hardiness of the plants. I'm more inte...
by JackLord
Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: banana overwintering process feedback needed.
Replies: 3
Views: 2178
United States of America

I chop down my in ground bananas and conver them with mulch for the Winter. My potted ones are probably a better comparison. I bring them in to the basement and put them under the(meager) plant light. Its cool in there, but dry. I water them once or twice a week. They begin to look like lepers after...
by JackLord
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: A few pics from around where I live....and
Replies: 17
Views: 4264
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Which picture? What is a band shell? I watched the first half of that episode on youtube....... could not find the second half but i did see the last 2 minutes. I moved here for some of the reasons the conductor mentioned to him when he was describing the town and I have not been disappointed.........
by JackLord
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: A few pics from around where I live....and
Replies: 17
Views: 4264
United States of America

Thanks Jack I always chuckle a little if I don't make a traffic light the first time here ....because it happens once or twice a year :D One thing that is fun about living in a small town is,once I get my stuff on a job I can usually just ride my bike to where ever I am working,it somehow doesn't f...
by JackLord
Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: A few pics from around where I live....and
Replies: 17
Views: 4264
United States of America

Looks like a nice town. Nice change of pace from the stress jungle that is where I reside.
by JackLord
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Grapefruit tree leaves yellowing
Replies: 21
Views: 6274
United States of America

I wish Laaz would chime in. He is a Citrus Guru. I have not heard of giving Citrus any salts. A teaspoon of vinegar mixed with its water is recommended. Al's gritty mix is a soil formula developed by a nice fella named...Al. You can find it on gardenweb.com I use the 5:1:1 which is 5 parts pine bark...
by JackLord
Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Grapefruit tree leaves yellowing
Replies: 21
Views: 6274
United States of America

Yea that's another thing Barb. Al's gritty mix can work wonders. I mostly use the 5:1:1 mix, but the point is to use a porous, good draining mix.

I always get my Foliage Pro off of eBay. Don't know what border ramifications there are.
by JackLord
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Grapefruit tree leaves yellowing
Replies: 21
Views: 6274
United States of America

lucky1 wrote:Maybe it's rooting, Tim?
Could that be?

Mine might be too dry under the overhang, but it does get morning sun.

Barb
I would ease it into full sun. That is ultimately what Citrus wants.

Do you use Foliage Pro to fertilze?
by JackLord
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Canada Day 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2493
United States of America

Canada Day photos which show your yard to resemble Mexico. :wink:

Seriously though, looks really good.
by JackLord
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: How Big are your Bananas?
Replies: 38
Views: 14760
United States of America

I have one Basjoo and one Sikkim which are both around 12, maybe 15 feet tall.
by JackLord
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachycarpus 'nanital' update
Replies: 66
Views: 18273
United States of America

Nice! If someone told me that was a pic of Florida, I would believ it.
by JackLord
Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:10 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: ALmost finished planting....
Replies: 8
Views: 2430
United States of America

Great setup you have there. Looks like a fun place to meander around for awhile.
by JackLord
Thu May 17, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Canna "Firebird" Bloomed really early this year
Replies: 1
Views: 1125
United States of America

Nice!
by JackLord
Mon May 07, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Garden update photos
Replies: 28
Views: 7740
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The Elata is very impressive as is everything else.
by JackLord
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Some More New Acquisitions
Replies: 90
Views: 32949
United States of America

I love Acubas and they grow pretty well down here. Very exotic and they don't miss a beat during the winter. Their only enemy is lots of direct sunshine. I move one to a shadier spot as it was getting torched.