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Yuletide before hard frost

Posted by dave_in_nova VA zone 7a (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 23, 13 at 18:39

Going to see cold temps in next few nights. Enjoying Yuletide while I can.


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RE: Yuletide before hard frost

Well, how did it do against the hard frost?


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Fried flowers as usual


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Hee hee hee! Oh well......


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My turn. I just went thru a hard freeze due to the ice/freezing rain/sleet in the winter storm that passed thru here starting Thursday Night. Soooo, crap, there goes my opening of blooms celebration... for a while. Just when I thought the buds were going to start getting big and open, they are now probably going to stay and open later. Sigh.... Oh well. I feel like my dogs probably feel when I feed them and tell them to 'wait' before they start to eat. Now I am the one waiting before I see any open blooms.

The storm should be in the NE today so I hope all you get is rain.


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At what temperature will Yuletides experience cold damage/bud drop?

Do we need to add 5 degrees if potted vs. in-ground?


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Just guessing on this. Open flowers freeze easily - like around 28 to 29 degrees. Unopened buds probably die in lower 20s to upper teens? Not sure.

If in pots I don't think the buds are any more tender. But the roots are more vulnerable.


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Approximate numbers that I have seen on various articles:

Open camellia blossoms are normally damaged at temperatures around +28 degrees F (or less) while flower buds are damaged at temperatures around +15 degrees F (or less). Sasanquas and Japonicas begin to show damage to the shrub around -12 degrees F or less; reticulatas and oleiferas around -9 degrees F.


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I have found that many of the Fall bloomers (Sasanqua / hiemalis / vernalis / etc) have more tender buds than the japonicas.


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