Did someone really test the cold-hardiness of Mexicola Avocado ?? Is it real what we read about ? I was also wondering when does it fruit (period) in temperate climate ? (Before Christmas ? or later? and are the fruit damaged by light frost ??) !!!
The last thing....i read it can take 15° and survive without damage....but if the temperature are higher, but last for a long period (For example 25° F each night for 1 or 2 weeks, with max temp of 40° F or less) does it withstand ??
Blackberry are grow in warmer climate than other small fruits...On the Alps (up to 1500 m) i found raspberry, but not true blackberry....anyway, Rubus is a very big group, for sure there will be some species with black Berries for zone 4
May be you should chose the drier season (in Ecuador Jun-Agoust)....and water only the soil.
Plant as tomatos suffer if they receive too much water over the leaves...but almost al vegetables prefer don't like humid air.
Prickly Pear, here in Italy, is very common.....it grows wild, even on the hot, sunny rocks. From a cut leaves touching the ground will sprout a new plant...The fruits ripen in late Agoust through September..
Mexicola should be one of the most cold-hardy Avocado...Anyway it's not only the min temperature, but also the max temp....in South France (Costa Azzurra, Corsica) grow all cultivars of Avocado, but in the north i think it's difficult....but try is the only way to know
Propagation by suckers is the easiest way....it's worth to remember that Hazelnuts are not always self-fertile...so cross-pollination is required. The wind blows the pollen far.....this plant flowers in winter when rarely bees are active
Prickly Pear is a generic term....it contains several species, with different fruit, cold-hardiness etc...the most common as a fruit tree is Opuntia ficus-indica, but it's not very cold-hardy. For sure not -10°C...
Matu Collins wrote:I am so happy to have acquired a fig tree which I intend to propagate in the spring. It's large for my living space but it looks nice right now and I love it.
I am wondering what would be the best care for it over the winter. It gets quite cold here most winters, it freezes even in our barn. I could keep it in the house but is a warm dry winter healthy? I could put it in the stairway to the basement but to would make it difficult to use the stairs. We have a wood burning furnace down there and that's the best way to get wood down there. If it was the best for the fig I would consider it!
Also, there are quite a few unripe figs on it, should I take them off? I feel like I should, even though I am hoping they will ripen. Will the leaves all fall off? How much should I water it? What am I forgetting to ask?
The leaves will fall off in winter....it's normal !! Fig plant is not tropical, is mediterranean.....most cultivars can take 10F without any problem !! I don't know where you live...but have higher temperatures you can take it outside, near to a wall. The only problem is to protect the roots...in pot are more delicate because air tempeatures is lower than ground temperatures. You can put the fig's fruit on the tree...when temperature will drop down they'll fall off or will stop growing.
During winter water only if the soil is dried !!!
One way to kill a plant is to use boiling water over the bark, the water will be absorbed by the soil and will kill the roots and so the entire plant. The amount of water depends on the size of the plant..
Considering ordering this Southern Russian Varietal from Burnt Ridge Nursery to plant in my 6b Mediterranean garden. Says they are rated to -10 F but could be much more cold tolerant once established. Has anyone ordered from them?
I think -10 F is a very low temperature, I every year you have these temperatures I think Pomegranate will not grow well...I mean, it might survive, but with serius damages. If it happens once every 15 years is ok, all the years it's not.
But anyway, the best way to answer a question is to try...