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Old 02-16-2007, 05:41 PM
 
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North Florida will be in the 20s, South Florida will be in the 30s. Beach areas will be in the 30s to the low 40s.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:17 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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they are saying 31 for the southside of jax
i have sheets on the plants
looks like a yard sale gone nuts lol
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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oh goody, I get to go outside now and let the faucets drip. It's fun traipsing around in the dark with a flashlight. Maybe I'll wear a blanket as a poncho.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Our current temp is 33 degrees and should be in the mid 20's later tonight....
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:23 PM
 
Location: PiNE HILLS
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In OrlandoMetro it's going to be 28-33
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: West Central Florida
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It's freakin cold up here in Citrus County! I have sheets on all the plants too, but I wonder if it's really going to help. Brrrr!
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Old 02-16-2007, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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It's freakin cold up here in Citrus County! I have sheets on all the plants too, but I wonder if it's really going to help. Brrrr!

COVERING: This is one of the most effective ways of protecting the foliage of broadleaf evergreen shrubs. Rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and early flowering plants will often benefit from being covered with some type of cloth material during extremely cold weather..

Start by placing three or four stakes around the plant being protected. Next drape some type of cloth material over the stakes, being careful that the cloth does not come in contact and freeze on the leaves. Notice I said cloth material, do not use clear polyethylene for this job, as it not only cuts off air to the plant, it also acts much like a greenhouse, taking plants from nightly lows to high daily temperature in a relatively short time period. This rapid temperature change can cause serious freeze damage or may be fatal to plants.

Any type of covering should only be left in place during the cold spell. As soon as the weather moderates or it begins to rain, remove the covering completely. However, leave the stakes in case it gets cold again.

Burlap, old moving blankets, sheets, Reemay or similar cloth or fabric materials are the best types to use as a cover over plants.

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Old 02-16-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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Old trick we used to use in Orlando many years ago for plants: stick a drop light under the sheets or blankets. It provides just enough heat to keep the azalea blooms from freezing and falling off. It's only a 25watt bulb so not much power is used. (You're welcome).

It will be 28 here in Palm Coast tonight.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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My goodness, y'all are so nice to your outdoor plants! Not me! They are on their own. I'm too doggone lazy to mess with it.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:14 AM
 
Location: West Central Florida
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Thanks Sunrico & Landshark, now I have hope that the plants will actually survive. My whole front yard is covered in sheets, so maybe they will live!
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