My old home town in North Florida is quite chilly right now:
Whereas here in the tropics, winter is much more pleasant:
If you’d like your tropical plants to live through colder weather – or if you’d like to grow warmer climate fruit in colder climates, my book Push the Zone: The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics is for you.
If the cold trend continues – which I believe it will – a lot of people will find it useful.
David, quite a few of my trees and plants have taking a beating with the cold snaps. I’m in East Central Florida. How do I know when to trim off the dead leaves and branches? I’m guessing I should wait till warmer weather overall to see how much damage is done. What should I be looking for? Some of my stuff is toast I’m sure. Thanks
For now, do nothing. Leave all your pruning, etc., until after the last danger of frost. The dead leaves/branches will help protect the rest. You’ll see how the growth comes in when spring comes. See where the trees want to come back from, then prune accordingly, removing the worst of the damage. Good luck – it’s been rough this winter.
Thanks David! It has been cold, we just had another freeze the other night. Suppose to warm up soon though. I’m sure we’ll have a few more cold snaps, you know how Florida is!
At least its coming at a good time and not a warm winter till late feb-march then BAM! it freezes… I am glad for it as its knocking back some invasive weeds I’ve been fighting and I’m hoping I can get them under control now afterward as I was thinkin id have to use some of that dreaded chemical stuff…
21* on the 18th and 24* on the 19th. I’m near moss bluff