needrain said:I think a lot of us will have similar scenarios. I was not able to keep my winter storage areas above 32F all the time. It will be a while 'til I know where all the losses may be. Certainly the plants weren't exposed to the extremely low temps nor for a long duration surrounded by freezing air so some will manage and some will have some recovery. But some may be a complete loss. Time will tell. Single digits predicted again tonight, but tomorrow is supposed to get above freezing during the day. After 10 days of constant freezing, I'm looking forward to something warmer and some sun creating warm pockets. But I'm afraid some water leaks may show up with the warmup too. Some of the water lines were hand dug years ago in hard clay and gravel and aren't deep enough for the temps they've had.
Sorry about your plants. I've needed to cut down on the numbers for a while anyway, so I'll be discretionary about what gets replaced.
Corber said:Sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy to lose them. I am thankful that the temp in our house miraculously hasn't dipped below 40 this whole time and that I brought all my outdoor plants inside. They may not be super happy with the inadequate airflow and virtually no light but at least they're at an ok temp. Apparently we will be getting power back soon. I'm hoping today but certainly not holding my breath. Hang in there, stay warm and try to be thankful you at least still have some of your plants. We're gonna get through this
mcvansoest said:Yeah I am sure that the plant losses are going to be considerable for many growers. Here this last summer was a huge killer for many old growth landscape cacti that just could not deal with the heat for all those many days above 110F.
I am not sure what kind of plants you were growing, but I am sure that when the time comes (later this spring) there will be plenty of people who would happily send a few plants your way for postage, which I certainly would be happy to do.
I do not have a lot of things in flower but here are some pictures of plants with some colorful flowers going:
Macrocentra said:I'm sorry you lost your plants.
I only just found out the full extent of what's going on down there from my partner in California, last night. Being Canadian, I've certainly experienced a lot of heavy winter storms, horribly low temperatures, ice storms, power outages, etc. One year, I had my furnace break down in winter and couldn't get anyone out to fix it for a while. It was terribly cold. So I can sympathize with the struggles you guys are going through. I hope things start to improve soon.
Lots of fleece and sherpas if you have them or can get them. Both are wonderful for keeping warm!
I don't have a lot of blooms to share at the moment. Just some Gonialoe flowers:
It's been awful here- I moved to Texas from Florida, so this is my very first time ever experiencing snow.. Gotta say, not a fan! Not to mention our house isn't insulated or built for this kind of thing at all, it's a little trailer with holes in the floor here and there, water froze solid inside of the house.. Fortunately our power is up now, it's still cold as hell but at least we have heaters/heating blankets and such now, even though our water isn't turned back on yet in the case that the electric goes back off, which is a real worry..
So far we've been using lots of extra blankets, thermals and layered clothing- I have chronic pain issues that really flare up in the cold so there was no shortage of sweaters at least!
It doesn't need to be flowers, but those are positively gorgeous!!
plantmanager said:Don't toss those! It looks like most of them should be planted and kept. I'm betting they will survive just fine.
tabbycat said:I agree with plantmanager. I see some that I'd bring into warmth for a few weeks, trim dead parts & watch for new growth & side shots by May. I'd make an intensive care unit in a long pot or shallow seed flat of good draining cactus soil with succulent/ cactus types close together instead of each a pot so they are easier to watch over until May.
P. S. I sent a private tree-mail earlier. I'm Trudy in Youngsville LA