Reply to "Photos of today's planting of our new Wollemi pine"

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  1. danc

    danc Active Member 10 Years

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    Hello, this is my first post

    Before everything, thanks for sharing so much useful information.

    The temperature zone where I live (Romania, Brasov, Southern Carpathians mountain region) is 6, based on this map
    http://www.uk.gardenweb.com/forums/zones/hze7.html

    Currently I have 3 Wollemi Pines, one still potted, the others planted out this year in the garden. I hope they will survive temperatures that definitely can go well bellow 12 Celsius. I intend to document their winter survival by taking pictures of them and a thermometer showing the exact temperature at that moment on the most freezing days and hopefully of their new growth next spring.

    I have reason to believe they will survive as the Wollemi Pine shown in the first picture was already planted out in February last winter during a warmer period (until then it had been kept potted outside by the house wall, in a sheltered position). Afterwards, there was again a period of freezing and snow (unfortunately I have no picture of that), very encouraging for me as I know it had already survived freezing temperatures. The second one was planted out in July, and now for the second time shows new lateral growth this summer, which I am afraid will not have the time to harden off.

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I fear you won't be lucky; Brasov can get temperatures down to around -30°C in a severe winter.
     
  3. danc

    danc Active Member 10 Years

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    I agree. And I am prepared for the worst outcome. I intend not to give them any extra protection other than against full sunlight. But at least I will know for sure what are the chances for a wollemi pine in this zone. And though I don't like keeping any tree potted indefinitely, I will have to do so with my third wollemi pine.
     
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Surely you are wasting your time and the plants as you have much too cold a climate for this species.
     
  5. danc

    danc Active Member 10 Years

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    sudden drop in temperature and consistent snow fall

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    pinus pinea (second year in the ground), mespilus germanica, paulownia tomentosa (started from root cutting in february this year)

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