Palms in Chicago
I have been growing a windmill palm for over a year here in the Chicago subrubs, and it has been successfully overwintered here with no damage. I simply wrapped some rope lights around it, and covered it with bubble wrap and layers of reemay for a total of 40 days this winter (Dec 21st-Jan 31st). It endured some cold temps, about 9F (insdie the covering, on accident), and we had a z7a winter. It is doing great, and its ready for another great growing season.
To anyone who thinks that Chicago is 'too cold' or not tropical, please think again. With simple protection, many things can be grown here such as Banans, Trunking Yuccas, Cacti, and yes, even Palms.
I hope that I can inspire people out there, one yard at a time, to show the people that yes, you in fact CAN grow alot. Thanks to a mild trend, some call it global warming, some call it a cycle, Chicago, and many other cities across the country are proving to have much warmer winters. This winter Chicago had its second zone 7 winter in the past 5 years, and 90% of the past decade were zone 6 or warmer.
Here are some pictures from the past year:
March `04 Snow!
Late Dec, Protection (Bubble Wrap, rope lights)
Feb `05 (After winter)
March `05 Doing great
If you have any questions, or need any further information, Please do not hesistate to e-mail me at ChiTownTropics@yahoo.com