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Saving my babies from the bitter cold!


The forecast for this week looked rather grim:

I have been growing a very old Yucca plant out on the patio for about a year that was an indoor plant for most of its’ life. It has been up-potted into some rich organic potting soil and has produced two new “pups” that have grown like crazy this summer. This plant is one of my most prized container plants, so it had to come inside tonight and be prepped for the “cat assault” that would happen. I wrapped the container with a sheet to keep the cats from using it as a “litterbox” and placed it on a plastic barrier to protect the floor:

Of course, all of the cats were very interested in something from the “outside” that had new smells.. {chuckle}

The plant had suffered some slight cold damage from last night, but should be OK for now.
It has been fed a wonderful organic mix for the last year and appears to be more “hardened off” to the elements outside than most because of the rich biological activity in the soil. Fascinating, how this former indoor plant (of 5 years) has adapted to the outdoor elements with a change of soil and food..

The tallest point of the plant is the original “mama” plant and the growth at the left of that is one of the “pups” that she sprouted after her organic “re-pot” early this summer. There is another “pup” on the backside that is about 1 FT shorter than the primary pup.

Plants are SO cool!

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we've been forced by the 'powers -that-be'-- probably the EU and now have to use Centigrade! I'm still holding out for pints and inches but .......
Its interesting that outside in the ground surrounded by some trees we have a Yucca with 'pups' and has flowered, in our recent cold spell in december it went below-11 deg C here and its looking a wee bit worse for wear but nothing like the state of most folks Cordylines

2 Feb, 2011


Good to see you look after the yucca's as well as the cats N2, they look healthy specimens. The temperature here in Kent UK has risen this week, up to 10c - 37f, but unsettled. We can put up with that.

2 Feb, 2011


As long as we all see temps above "Zero C" or "32 F", most plants will make it. I just hate to see really hard freezes because plants suffer from the harsh conditions.
Where is some quality "global warming" when you need it?
My plants would LOVE that.. ;-)

3 Feb, 2011

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