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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Feb 3, 2018 7:06 AM CST
Do you have suggestions on which frost bags protect citrus trees (That are in container) well but aren''t real expensive ? I have three trees -one Meyer Lemon is about 4 ft tall and close to 4-5 years old, and loaded with blooms.

The other Meyer Lemon tree is only about 1-1/2 years old and 3 feet tall (no blooms).

And I have a Calamandarin that is also about 1-1/2 years old and 4 feet tall (no blooms).

I have been bringing them in when the temperature drops 32 degrees or below; however they are heavy and a few nights the temperature was predicted to be 34 -36 degrees; but actually dropped to 27 degrees. I definitely don't want to lose them; but I can't spend $30 or so on one bag.

I appreciate your feedback if you have experience with the frost bags for citrus trees. If you need to see the size, etc., I can post pictures. I brought them inside last night.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 3, 2018 8:51 AM CST
Make them look festive 🤡 . Hang some old fashion Christmas lights on them, the kind that get hot.

Or, a clamp on lite fixture at bottom, with a bulb that gets fairly warm. One that won't start a fire. AND !!! All !!! , rated for exterior use.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 3, 2018 8:58 AM CST
I was able to move our 2 big pots of citrus under a covered porch. Though that probably was enough I further protected against 19 degrees with these layers: bed sheet tied closed with closepins, Xmas lights, bed sheet, tarp, cardboard. They came through 4 days of freeze unscathed.
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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Feb 3, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Thanks to the both of you. I have tried those "tricks". However, I would like to try the frost bags for the citrus trees; and would like some feedback from anyone who has information as to good ones that don't cost an arm and a leg. Crossing Fingers! Confused Shrug! Thank You!
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Christine
Feb 4, 2018 6:07 AM CST
I did a quick search and they dont seem to expensive at Amazon, just a thought Smiling
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pod
Feb 4, 2018 7:43 AM CST
I would be hesitant to purchase frost "bags" as your plants are likely to continue growing and perhaps outgrow them.

Citrus can endure some freezing temperatures but it will probably make the blooms drop. I personally would continue to move the ones in bloom inside for protection. Besides they smell wonderful. :biggrin:

I have a Meyer Improved, Satsuma and Kumquat in containers. The frosty temps don't seem to hurt the fruit although a severe or lengthy freeze would harm it I'm sure.

I purchased frost cloth and wrap with that. I managed to catch frost cloth when it is marked down at the end of season at the box stores.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Feb 4, 2018 10:10 AM CST
Thanks Christine and Pod. Christine, I have seen them on Amazon and other sites ; but didn't know if some are better than others, I might just order one and give it a try.

Pod, I wouldn't leave them on except when it gets down to below freezing'; then remove them when it isn't so cold. I would think that the frost bags would be make out of the same material as the frost cloth -but seems that the bags would easier to put them over the trees and take off. If they were a little older I might just leave them out. Last year, I just put a sheet or blanket over them. But when I get off of work; and before I go into work is when it is cold and I don't want to be out in the cold and fighting the wind to wrap them or secure the blankets/sheets.

Thanks for both of your feedbacks. I think I may just get one from Amazon Group hug and try it. The pot is too heavy to keep taking in and back out. I am getting over a broken shoulder (in 2 places) and Lymphedema set in. Being careful not to lose my balance or put too much weight on mt arm/shoulder. Thank You! nodding
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 4, 2018 12:45 PM CST
Group hug for your broken shoulder. I do understand not needing to move those containers.

I have resisted moving mine up to larger pots as they will become immobile. Please let us know how the bags work for you. I wonder if it will hang on the thorns although I try to keep them nipped back. Good luck! Thumbs up
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Pat Morris
Augusta, GA, Zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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patmorris1
Feb 5, 2018 5:11 AM CST
Thanks so much Pod. I will definitely let you know!! Thank You!
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