Butia capitata winter protection

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call

Butia capitata winter protection

Post by call » Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:48 pm

hello everyone :D
I have a young butia capitata that although it is in a sheltered position I think I need to give it some protection over the winter months. I do not want to go OTT with the protection and want to do it on the cheap so no rope lights, heat cables ect.

GoggleboxUK

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by GoggleboxUK » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:52 pm

Mine has come through the last 2 winters in apot which I bubblewrapped and a double fleece bag over the top.

My last 2 winter lows were -5 and -3c.

It's in the ground now so I'll just double bag it.

billdango

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by billdango » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:02 pm

Just tie the leaves up into a spire with tie wire and then if its really cold just wrap it in fleece.

I did that with mine when it was a young palm now I only tie the leaves up if big snow is forecast.

billdango :D

Rob S

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by Rob S » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:49 pm

You should be fine in Kent without protection but better safe than sorry i suppose! Mine has been growing outside for nearly 20yrs unprotected and has been fine up until now!

call

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by call » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:38 pm

cheers icon_thumright
I will just throw some fleece on if it gets too cold

billdango

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by billdango » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:28 pm

I don't think that the large Butia that is situated in London on the corner of Bromley road and Oakwood avenue is given any protection?

I googled it today and it seems okay up to August 2012.

Wether its still okay now I don't know.

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lulak10

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by lulak10 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:04 pm

Billdango - it's still there and it's fine! I go past it quite often (last time was Friday). Not protected at the mo.

Rob S

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by Rob S » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:50 pm

Don't know that plant, can we have a pic please?

lulak10

Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by lulak10 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:06 am

Here's a link to a previous post on that Butia

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... =beckenham

I can try and take a more recent pix tho I tend to go past it on my driving lessons. Not sure how my instructor would react to 'do you mind if I pull over here to take a pix of that palm tree?'!!! :lol:

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Re: Butia capitata winter protection

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:42 am

I'm presuming this is now Butia odorata, as my understanding is that the name capitata is now given to a tropical species with no cold resistance.
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