|We bought 10 of these palms from home depot in Altamonte Springs and we had them planted in the ground so when frost hit we couldn't cover them up they were too tall. We did put shop lights on them to try and keep heat. I didn't realize that they couldn't take weather under 30 degrees so now they aren't looking so good. How will I know if they are going to make it or not?
|Answer from NGA
January 18, 2010
|Some palms are more cold hardy than others. I'm not familiar with Andoline palms. Perhaps they have another name on the plant tag? The important thing with palms is to protect the crown of the plant where new fronds develop. It's usually several inches down and protect by existing fronds but if the weather is going to be freezing or below for more than an hour or two, the best course of action is to tie up the fronds so they cover the crown of the plant (tying them up will create a topknot which will insulate the growth bud). The only way you'll know whether or not extensive damage has been done to your palms is to wait until spring when new fronds are normally produced. If you see new growth, your palms have made it. Hope you see new growth this spring! Once you do, you can prune off any dead fronds. Good luck with your palms.
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