Ensuing Cold Front in Florida

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Nov 28, 2011.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    The cold front should be settled in the next couple of days. At first it was predicted that South Florida would see high 40's F. Then the weather prediction went to low 50's F. Now that has been revamped to the high 50's F. That is a vast difference. Chris (pocomo) and I were talking about preparations when 40's prediction was made. Now, its just a hardening off event.

    Getting alot more rain than anticipated. Plants should be full of water and the 50's should have no effect.

    Just curious. What are the low predictions for Central Fla? Or Tampa/St. Pete area? Peyton, the cold front should already being affecting you, what low temps are you experiencing up in La. ? :confused:
     
  2. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    High 30's this morning, 32 predicted for tonight - might have to turn a heater on...
    Moved all the crotons into the greenhouse and porch yesterday.
    Definitely have to cover the tomato plants - picked about ten pounds yesterday :)
     
  3. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    I'm expecting to see 46-50 on Wed, low/mid fifties there after. Greenhouse won't go up just yet.
     
  4. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Aside from maybe my Phoenicophorium, nothing will come inside for 2-3 hours in the 40's Thursday morning. The forecast low for me is 49F. If it comes to fruition, it will be my first morning below 50F this winter.
     
  5. Central Floridave

    Central Floridave Active Member

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    Yeah we get to turn the air conditioning off for a couple days!

    You guys really worry about croton at 40F?
     
  6. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Only 38 this morning, so not so bad...
    Most of my crotons seem to tolerate chilly temps OK, though I have lost Zanzibar and Picasso's Paintbrush in the past from letting them stay too long in wet chilly weather. I don't worry about any of them at 40 F...
     
  7. junglegal

    junglegal Esteemed Member

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    Mine all defoliate if I don't take them in under 40. A few like the AFD's and big box varieties are the exception. Hell, my Rudy Bachmann still is a mess and is just finally starting to show color again.
     
  8. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Bren - Rudy Bachman is definitely a variety that needs protection from the cold! :(

    56 F at 6:45 am today. Has warmed up to a balmy 61 F by 10:00 am. :)
     
  9. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    The latest ensuing cold front does not appear to be of a concern for most of us.
     
  10. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Three freezing nights in the next four days up here...
     
  11. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    27 F tonight :eek:
     
  12. ScotTi

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    Scott Land is sitting at 43f this morning with a brisk north wind. This should be the coldest morning from this shot of cold. A warm 79f yesterday before the front blew thru.
     
  13. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

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    A frigid 63 degrees here in Boca Raton. I'm certain we'll have some leaf drop. Not a beach day.
     
  14. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    My thermo meter on the back patio is showing a balmy 24 degrees right now...
     
  15. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Do you guys water your crotons during a cold front? It is recommended in Frank Brown's book. If the water temperature is higher than the air temp., seems that it would be beneficial. Warming the roots with the water may be a good thing too. :confused:

    60 F in the Moose Land, 58 F at sunrise. :)
     
  16. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    85F here, good pool day.
     
  17. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Esteemed Member

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    You must be down in the Turks and Caicos enjoying the warm carribean sun :)

     
  18. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Ray,
    I think you got your numbers mixed up. You sure your not looking at 58 for a high today? Get your heaters out.........
     
  19. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    Watering before a cold front definitely helps...
     
  20. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Warmth is a state of mind.

    It's a gorgeous 64F outside.
     

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