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Old 09-03-2015, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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I have a needle palm in zone 5b/6a. It spear pulled a few years ago but the pups survived. I protect from freezing moisture now and it seems to keep the spear from pulling. I just planted a Sabal Minor McCurtain this year. We'll see how it does. I plan on covering it with a garbage can from Dec - Feb. It worked with the needle palm.
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I live in zone 7a and lost all of my palms in the horrid and extremely unseasonably cold winter 2014-2015. I even lost my Needle Palm which was supposed to be hardy down to -20 (we dropped to a jaw dropping -11, which was about 30 below the average low in middle January!) Some areas in our region dropped as low as -18, the coldest it had been since 1985.

I also lost one of my Southern Live Oaks after having it over 10 years. It killed 50% of the tree and it came out about half then last month all of those leaves turned brown and it died. Never again.

One is still alive, but only 50% of it... the rest is dead limbs and even those leaves that are living are shriveled like they have mold or something.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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I live in zone 7a and lost all of my palms in the horrid and extremely unseasonably cold winter 2014-2015. I even lost my Needle Palm which was supposed to be hardy down to -20 (we dropped to a jaw dropping -11, which was about 30 below the average low in middle January!) Some areas in our region dropped as low as -18, the coldest it had been since 1985.

I also lost one of my Southern Live Oaks after having it over 10 years. It killed 50% of the tree and it came out about half then last month all of those leaves turned brown and it died. Never again.

One is still alive, but only 50% of it... the rest is dead limbs and even those leaves that are living are shriveled like they have mold or something.
That's so cold for Tennessee! Have you tried Sabal Minor? I was talking to a guy in Iowa that has Sabal Minor Louisiana and Sabal Minor McCurtain and he didn't even cover them this winter and they survived. In Iowa!

here's a link to it:

PalmsNorth.com :: View topic - Sept 1,2015 - Cold Hardy Palms & Cactus Message Board Forum

He shows the temps that they had to go through and it's incredible.
He plants a lot of stuff that he heats in the winter for them to survive to but the Sabals survived with nothing.

I haven't had much luck with needle palms. Mine survive but only if I keep moisture out of the crown when it freezes.
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