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Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on February 7, 2011 at 4:15pm
Charlie, as we say around here, once it gets below zero, it's just cold. The wind chill is what makes it nasty and miserable.  We've had -60 with wind chill before, but the coldest I've experienced since moving here was -45 wind chill, and that was definitly nasty.  Very different then just a -45 temp.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on February 7, 2011 at 1:42pm
Sharon, I always like to bring laughter and smiles even when I'm the bearer of bad news.  Stay warm guys.  I can't imagine -45*.  Although I've lived in MA and once was out and about in wind chill of -10 in upstate NY.
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on February 7, 2011 at 12:42pm
I am planting my orange and lemons in half barrels in front of the deck on the South side of the house for best warmth, so the Christmas lights will be really pretty in the evening as a welcome to the Clark home.  I love those tiny white lights, but thinking maybe amber ones might be very nice.
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on February 7, 2011 at 12:01pm
When growing up, we lived in Reno, Nevada. Anyone who has lived on the east face of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 6,000' elevation, you know it gets cold in the winters. My mother decided she wanted a special plant in the house to remember her gardens during the winter months, so planted a seed from a fruit orange. She had that poor tree for decades in an 18" round pot. It was moved from a house in town, to the ranch, north to Idaho. It finally passed when we think it became too cold, or it simply ran out of life. I was about 8 years old when we planted the seed, and 34 when it died. Oh the poor lemon... as the song goes.
Comment by Sharon Robinson (Z4, ND, USA) on February 7, 2011 at 11:49am

Charlie - I sort of figured that, but was hoping for the best.  Thank you for that response, the way it was worded had both my husband and I laughing. Started our day off.  Maybe one day, I'll have my greenhouse, and my lemon tree.

Comment by Kimberly White, Lombard, IL,Zn 5 on February 7, 2011 at 9:58am
That would be so cool to see a citrus grove covered in Christmas lights.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on February 7, 2011 at 9:52am
Karen - we get several frosts a year here in July/August (our winter) in Australia and I grow citrus - lemons, limes etc and they seem to survive okay - I don't cover them as I have never really given it a thought. I like the idea of the christmas tree lights on the trees though - would solar powered ones work just as well as I won a set of garden ones recently that have been hanging along the fence of the chicken run. (Cherub angel things!!)
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on February 7, 2011 at 9:39am
In my "banana belt" area of So. Coastal Oregon, we can grow a lemon tree and even oranges, BUT  they won't be as sweet as in warmer areas and we must protect them in the winter of nearly freezing temps at night.  It is suggested to put Christmas tree lights on the trees and also have row cover material handy to cover them on nights that will have a hard frost.  I think not in any of the Dakotas unless they are in under cover in a heated greenhouse.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on February 7, 2011 at 9:25am
Agree, Michelle.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on February 7, 2011 at 7:50am

Sharon,  I don't think there is a prayer for a lemon tree in ND. But I'll let Deborah answer too.

Deborah, I'm sure a Meyer in AZ or S.TX would grow bigger and mine is still young.  I've got it in about a 15 gal. container and am able to move it carefully with a dolly.  I've only got to do it twice a year. So far, so good.  Thanks for the info on the Ponderosa.  Think I'll pass. 

 

 

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