[NAFEX] Feijoa hardiness

jamie jamie at tiscali.fr
Mon Jan 13 15:00:58 EST 2003

Hello Sybil, thanks for the input. What caught my eye was your 
”(where our
citrus. Loquats and feijoa flourish)”. I have a loquat here and have seen
them growing and fruiting prolifically, but I thought citrus was an entirely
different proposition. I’d be interested in more information on citrus as
there is a nursery specialising in citrus a couple of hours away and I’d
like to be well informed before making the journey and making any expensive
mistakes (what varieties, rootstock, care to avoid frost damage).

I have an area toward the top of a slope, protected from both the prevailing
and coldest winter winds; it even has a stone wall to the north to trap any
winter warmth. The strip is also overspread by mature green oaks that will
help shed air frost from the growing citrus on cold clear nights. However, I
’m not sure that root competition wont be a problem even though the oak is
raised above the level of the projected level of the citrus. It is also open
to early morning sun in the winter – but I’m not sure this is a good thing?


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Subject: [NAFEX] Feijoa hardiness

Here in Norfolk/Virginia Beach Feijoa seem to be hardy into single digits in
a protected location.  Beautiful plants with their silvery foliage and
amazing flowers. They do fruit here - although we can't get a good answer on
whether more than one variety is needed. At least one plant we know is
fruiting with no other variety near. Anyone know more about this?

Our take on hardiness zones is that they are extremely generalized and most
gardeners develop an awareness that their property may have micro-climates
that span a full zone above or below their mapped zone location, from a wind
protected sunny southern exposure (where our citrus, loquats and feijoa
flourish) to windy, icy open areas or low cold-collecting areas that will
freeze "hardy" plant varieties back each spring.

currently freezing at 18 degrees in Virginia Beach
mays at paradisenursery.com
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