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wheelman1976
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Got them enclosed just in time today.

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Going on my second year of the drum protection method. These are the three I have left, I lost one that was not located by these which I think do well because they are by my pond which creates a micro-climate. I've got one 65 watt floodlight near the crown, fronds are wrapped in frost cloth and on the ground I have either a 200 watt heater or a 250 watt heater all on a thermocube.

Spent the last week testing the three-cubes to make sure they went on an off, had one that was broke and today about 2 hours before this storm I put the final pipe insulation on each opening and strapped them shut.

My biggest palm is touching the top of the drums with the fronds pulled up so next year I may be going to four drums on that one!!!! Might need scaffling at that point!

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I see the views on the forum board, but boy has this place become a grave yard... Where is everyone who cars about growing palms outside of normal areas?
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Its like that on most forums...maybe the colder winters
have caused some to give up???
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Great to see you got them covered in time.

At some point do you think you will start to hurricane cut them(to a degree) to limit growth?
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Post by kcpalms »

Hey Wheelman1976,

Nice improv with your drum protection. Hope all goes well for you this winter season! Your post referring to the forum as graveyard caused me to write this reply! I wanted to make a ripple in this almost frozen palmsnorth.com pond! :) Im in KCMO, still loving my palm hobby and visit this forum often! I don't often post but always look forward to reading how everyone's doing. Seems we can always count on pics from HardyJim up in Iowa i believe. Miss that Lucky1 gal up in Canada tho!

Anyway, just wanted to say hey and good luck to us all! Let's keep this wonderful hobby of ours going!


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Post by wheelman1976 »

sashaeffer wrote:Great to see you got them covered in time.

At some point do you think you will start to hurricane cut them(to a degree) to limit growth?
That's certainly a thought... but at the rate mine go they only put up 5-8 fronds each year. I figure on my oldest and largest I can put another drum on the bottom and go up a little higher. The hardest part is pulling up and tying the fronds as the trees get taller. I almost have to put up scaffolding!!
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Looking good
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