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Wanted: Poinsettias nifty, not gnatty
Breathe free and like the lichens
Naming thin skinned maunderers
Cold: Describe, understand, revel in it
Frost and I cut back a jade
Protecting still-potted perennial bargains
Trees and ice: Betting against bending
Plants sleep safe with chemical alarm
'Chilled fruit,' a whole new meaning
Apple, lilac and peony varieties for warm zones
Wolves, peasants and mentors teach us
Toward more artful burlap
Low sun means time to think
Pad now for piled snow to come
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Our jade tree suffered because Steven and I didn't communicate clearly on a day before a freeze was predicted. I brought it in to the back room one evening before a frost, then asked Steve the next day, "Can you set the jade back outside? It's still nice out and that light's so much better for it." "Put it on the table out there?" Steven asked. I answered simply, "Yes."
Before dawn the next morning, I heard the radio report a lower current temperature than I'd expected. Not terribly concerned because a roof such as on our porch is great frost protection, I glanced out the back door to see if frost had formed outdoors. I saw no frost but was alarmed to see the table on our covered porch was empty! Steven had set the jade on the other table, on the open patio.
No frost had yet formed there yet the damage was done, by black frost. I know when it comes to tropical or subtropical plants and cold, the longer the exposure, the greater the harm. So I brought the jade in to our cool back room right away. The leaves looked fine for a day, then all of the outermost layer turned dark.
A four-year update on this jade: It grew back wonderfully -- the cat was pleased. However, three years later we goofed again and fall frost nipped it once more. This time the damage was more extensive and we decided to divide it as well as cut it back. Then we had three jades, which all grew back. See that story in Jade cold, cut back and Houseplants Spring Revival.
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