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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2010
1:16 AM

Post #7480646

Good article!
We just experienced an unusual 3 day freeze that really did a number on the garden. I have what I believe is a C. australis, that froze. It has weathered all other freezes we've had with out signs of distress, when other tropical plants defoliated, but not this time.
My question is, should I leave the dead looking fronds on tree and remove them if they fail? I can't imagine the fern with out fronds even if they're dead looking!~ I'm not sure if it affects it's recovery or not. I had wrapped the trunk with outdoor seat cushions, and covered the crozier with towels and a cushion, and they appear to be fine.


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Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2010
1:30 AM

Post #7480676

I just read the link you had in the article, and it said that the fronds can be removed.

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