X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Record Cold

    We set a record yesterday night at -1 F, broke the 156 year old record of 0 F. Supposed to be negatives again Thursday and Friday night too, likely records as well. Averages are about 20 warmer than where we are. It's been below average since 2/4 and no end in sight.

    Good thing I moved my potted figs into the workshop (about 40 F) from the garage (teens or colder). Going to have some die back on the in ground plants though, methinks.

    And here I was thinking winter hadn't been too bad.

    Oh, and it snowed again.
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

  • #2
    I was thinking that winter had not been to bad as well, so far we had only had a couple bad cold snaps. However, spring time in the Rockies can be brutal, last year a cold snap here dropped colder then -20 for an extended period in late April and killed nearly all blossoms and 2 trees. I hope it is a better springs this year.

    Kelby, It's actually warmer here then at your place, however that happened. I hope it warms up soon, and it is a good thing you moved those trees in!!!
    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

    Comment


    • #3
      Yep..I thought last year was a fluke, but this week has proven that wrong. Even my consistently 54° garage has dropped to 47°, which is extremely rare. I have a few potted trees that woke up last week too.
      Frank ~ zone 7a VA

      Comment


      • #4
        -4 *F and winds gusting over 30 Mph., no broken records... Also had to turn up the heat for the stored fig trees...
        Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

        Comment


        • #5
          Bitter cold and more snow than we can handle right now in Eastern MA. Waiting for the warmup and hoping it will a long slow warmup seeing I live 200 ft from a river.
          Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

          Comment


          • #6
            This winter has been just about nearly as cold, but much snowier than last year for our location in Maine. Balance that with the fact that snows didn't actually get here til Jan; we had a very bare start to the season as well= very little insulation from the cold.
            Jesse in western Maine, zone 4/5
            Wishlist- Figues Juane, Demos unk, Nantes Maroc, Thermalito

            Comment


            • #7
              Brian
              Carolina Zone 7b/8a Wanted: Col De Dame

              Comment


              • Yeehova
                Yeehova commented
                Editing a comment
                I noticed that the main comment is separate from the photo comment, but I am wondering if this ice is protecting our destroying all of my trees right now.

              • Kelby
                Kelby commented
                Editing a comment
                Ice can help a little when temperatures are on the border of damage since the act of freezing water actually releases a tiny amount of heat and will keep temperatures around 32 F. Continual freezing/addition of water is needed for this to work, though.

                A coating of ice at single digits...not sure...might keep the wood from drying? Or might just make it more frozen.

            • #8
              Cliff England (of England's Nursery/nuttrees.com) posted this on Facebook yesterday:

              "Fellow Growers Yes Sir We are Here we have one hell of a snow storm now we have 60 to 75 cm of Snow with temperature in the -10 to 17 degree F / -23 to -28 Celsius and wind 20 to 35 KPH and no light in sight
              ‘January was warm and the weather is so screwed last year and this year.
              While the weather was nice in January we were so busy making cutting and filling orders but at this time I cannot even guarantee that scion wood will be viable of some of the species after this event
              Yes we have taken what we need for the coming season and we have about 3 to 4 hundred Jujube in the walk-in cooler that we was able to get out of the ground but the weather is pretty Looming now as our coldest temps are to come tonight and for the next 4 days we have not seen this extreme temp since the winter of 1994 when the temps dropped to -22 to 27- Degrees F
              SO At this point and time it will be by just chance if any of the hybrids will live and I AM SURE there will be NO More Kakis here after these temps only the Hybrids will prevail
              I have not seen these conditions since 1994 during what we called the little Ice age
              We will for sure in the future focus on much hardier plants and Hybrids to adapt to the ever changing Climate.
              Thank you Wish us luck
              ‘’Cliff SNOW bound and at home with A CAST ON and can’t do much"


              Ouch, I can't imagine how many Kaki persimmons he will lose. Hopefully the hybrid persimmon's prevail, I was hoping to order one or two for next year.
              https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
              SE PA
              Zone 6

              Comment


              • Mgorski
                Mgorski commented
                Editing a comment
                Wow, that is sad to read, he has such a nice persimmon collection. Now I wish I had gotten a couple kakis from him last year.

                Mike in Hanover.VA

            • #9
              Here we go again.... 9 degrees and dropping. The last couple of weeks have been brutal here in our area. Hopefully we'll warm up soon. Spring can't be too far ....Right?
              George
              Pottstown PA

              Comment


              • #10
                They are calling for minus 3 here in central NJ tonight. Spring is no where in sight. I will probably loose all or most of my one year old in ground trees. This SUCKS!

                Comment


                • #11
                  I also planted several trees in the ground last Spring thinking/hoping the 2013-14 winter was a fluke. We have 3-4 inches of snow on the ground and I have shoveled mounds of snow around every tree to supplement the mulch and other protection the trees have. I'm expect several (if not most) will freeze to the ground but I am hoping the mulch, snow and other protection will keep them from completely dying. Tonight they are predicting minus1 here - hopefully the low point.
                  Steve
                  D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
                  WL: Verdolino, Figue Jaune, Nantes Maroc, Lussheim

                  Comment


                  • #12
                    Forecast is -7 F but my in-ground trees are under 12" of pine shavings and ~ 2 - 1/2 feet of snow. They should be OK, we'll see in the Spring
                    Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

                    Comment


                    • #13
                      Way cold here too here in North Carolina. At work stuff has been freezing right and left. My lab was 54 with the heat running. My basement workshop is in the 50'5s too. I was going to work on shelve but after today all I want is to be warm. Once your feet get cold you never feel warm. I can barely walk for all the plants that are sheltering in the house.
                      NC Zone 7a-b

                      Comment


                      • #14
                        I protected five of my in ground figs. (hardy chicago, takoma violet, mbvs,vdb, and sals el.) First i tied the tree limbs tight with nylon rope. Next i wrapped them with a few layers of burlap. I finished by wrapping again with a brown tarp and tying loosly with nylon rope for a little breathability. A ten to twelve inch layer of straw was installed around the base to protect the roots. After this last snow I shoveled snow all around the trees thinking it may provide some insulation from the harsh winds we have had. I think it may have all been for nothing as this has been a cold winter.

                        Comment


                        • #15
                          This sucks donkey ass! We desperately need a weather wall built across the Georgia-Florida border. Is that too much to ask?
                          Frank Tallahasee 8B
                          North Florida Figs

                          Comment


                          • AscPete
                            AscPete commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Are you blaming Georgians for the "Bad Weather", If so I'm on Board... : )

                          • Hershell
                            Hershell commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Hey. Don't blame us. We don't want it either.

                        • #16
                          Hey, wait a minute you guys. It came in from Tennessee!
                          newnandawg 7b Newnan, GA

                          Comment


                          • #17
                            I've got another big storm heading my way, the lowest low in the forecast is for 5F and they are calling for 1 to 3 feet of snow to accumulate between Saturday and Monday.
                            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

                            Comment


                            • #18
                              At mid-night, currently 5 degrees F and dropping. I decided to bring everything into the basement , except really large pots that I can't lift by myself. Good Luck everyone.
                              Shailesh, Pennsylvania, ZONE 6B

                              Comment


                              • #19
                                Looks like we bottomed out at 0 F at my house. Forecast called for -4, but I'm usually a few degrees warmer courtesy of living on a west facing slope.

                                Out of curiosity I checked my Brown Turkey I didn't protect at all (it's being replaced with something better), all the branches are like balsa wood. Hopefully the protected ones don't die back too much.
                                https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
                                SE PA
                                Zone 6

                                Comment


                                • #20
                                  Lucky you Kelby.... I'm on the north side of a hill and Pottstown is reading -1 so I'm sure I'm below that by a bit.... Keeping my fingers crossed that my young trees can withstand the beating they are taking.
                                  George
                                  Pottstown PA

                                  Comment


                                  • GBIII
                                    GBIII commented
                                    Editing a comment
                                    I'm actually in Sanatoga near the Outlets a couple of minutes east of the hospital. I'm just getting started w/ figs. Just hoping what I have in ground can survive this.

                                  • Kelby
                                    Kelby commented
                                    Editing a comment
                                    We'll have to meet up in the spring sometime.

                                  • GBIII
                                    GBIII commented
                                    Editing a comment
                                    Only if you promise Spring is actually coming...lol

                                • #21
                                  Not so bad in Eastern MA last night, low of 3 last night and a low of 24 in my unheated GH. Tonight it's supposed to be below 0 though.
                                  Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

                                  Comment


                                  • #22
                                    I know it sounds crazy, but 'only' down to 11° here. It was initially forecast much worse so I still have some hope for my in ground figs.
                                    Brian
                                    Carolina Zone 7b/8a Wanted: Col De Dame

                                    Comment


                                    • #23
                                      26.8 here in central Florida this morning.........
                                      Plant sales are closed until further notice.

                                      Comment


                                      • #24
                                        Oops, spoke too soon. -1.
                                        https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
                                        SE PA
                                        Zone 6

                                        Comment


                                        • #25
                                          It was minus 8 degrees on my outdoor thermometer this AM, forecast was calling for anywhere from -9 down to -13 depending on who you listened to.
                                          My figs are all safely protected in cold storage, which got down to 36 degrees (with a heater) last nite.
                                          I'm worried about my peach blossoms. Last year we hit -14 which killed all of my peach blossoms, first time that happened in over 20 years.
                                          Ed
                                          SW PA zone 6a

                                          Comment

                                          Working...
                                          X