[nafex] Record cold

Amanda Courtney amandaisoutdoors at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 7 12:32:16 EST 2014

Thanks everyone.  It ended up being so windy here I don't think the hay
would have stayed anyway.  I guess this will be a test for the trees and if
they make it they'll be stronger.  
That's so interesting about hay vs. straw.  I didn't know straw was a better
insulator!  We only have hay right now, but it might be good to look into
having some straw on hand for these instances...
Mercer, pa  zone 5b

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of dwoodard at becon.org
Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 7:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [nafex] Record cold

 Amanda, the Vineland research station near me has a historic low
temperature since records were kept, going back about a century, of  minus
16 degrees F.

 They grow peaches, apricots and sweet cherries and many vinifera  grapes.
 We often have "open" winters in this area with little snow.
 Quince A rootstocks are regarded as hardy at the station, though not  above
the Niagara escarpment where winters are slightly colder.
 So unless you are growing super-tender cultivars of these species, or  more
cold-tender species, I don't think you need to worry much.

 Some sour cherries tend to suffer from drying of the buds in strong  cold
winds. If you are in suburbia, especially an older section with  lots of
trees, probably no worries.

 That's assuming that your trees established reasonably good root  systems
and went into the winter with normal sap solutes and water. If  any did not
make reasonably good growth this past season, all bets are  off.

 Doug Woodard
 St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

 On Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:36:13 -0500, Amanda Courtney
<amandaisoutdoors at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I just planted my trees this past spring.   It is supposed to get -11
> tonight and -1 high tomorrow in western PA.  I am worrying about my 
> trees not being well established enough to survive.  Should I be 
> trying to pile hay around them or something else?
> Thanks, and hope all of your plants do alright!!
> Amanda

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