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Name: Sheree
(Zone 8b)
REEREETAYLOR
Apr 3, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Does anyone know if pygmy date palms come back in zone 8b... or have I wasted my time and money yet again.... seems like I can't win with any plants this year....
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 3, 2015 7:40 AM CST
This may give you some answers

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/protect-pygmy-date-palm-trees-f...
Name: Sheree
(Zone 8b)
REEREETAYLOR
Apr 3, 2015 7:47 AM CST
Thank You!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 3, 2015 8:01 AM CST
We get frost here in Florida zone 9a/9b but frosts are usually few and far between. My Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) has been hit by frost a time or two and one winter a few years back we even had a very hard freeze with a lot of ice (which is rare) and the P. roebelenii was fine with a blanket thrown over it. I'm doubtful they would be able to withstand continuous temp's below @ 50º unless grown in a container and moved indoors during winter.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 3, 2015 8:03 AM CST
Here's the link in our database, which says they're hardy to zone 9a. So you're pushing the zone a bit but not bad.
Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)

I can tell you from my personal experience that they do stand up to a fair amount of frost, but probably not a hard freeze. We had two bad winters in a row here, 2009 and 2010. A lot of the more tender palms died, but the pygmys were fine.

If you haven't already planted them, choose a site on the south side of a building or even a large clump of trees. That can provide at least a zone's worth of protection for a lot of plants. They are sheltered from the cold wind on the back side of a cold front, and also if next to a building, or even a solid fence it acts as a heat sink to retain heat through the cold nights.
Elaine

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Name: Sheree
(Zone 8b)
REEREETAYLOR
Apr 3, 2015 9:43 AM CST
Thank you all, but I believe the damage is already done to mine.... guess I'm just gonna hang tight and see what happens with them... Thank You!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 3, 2015 10:56 AM CST
Got a picture, Sheree? If the terminal bud is still green, and they are showing new green growth there they may be OK.
Elaine

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Name: Sheree
(Zone 8b)
REEREETAYLOR
Apr 3, 2015 11:03 AM CST
There is no green at all...
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 3, 2015 11:25 AM CST
Was this planted in the ground or was it is a pot? If in a pot, yes, it may be a 'goner', but if it's in the ground, please allow some time as it may yet come back.
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Name: Sheree
(Zone 8b)
REEREETAYLOR
Apr 3, 2015 6:04 PM CST
Ok I planned on waiting done time to see if it comes back... I'm just excited about planting and getting the yard looking good.. but I'm gonna wait... thanks for your advice... Thank You!

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