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Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on February 7, 2011 at 6:22pm
Deborah, I grew the Ponderosa lemon tree last year.  It was not a full size tree but when we had snow last year, it died.  The Myers Lemon tree did not and is still growing.  We have had several freezes in S. Texas this year and I have not covered it up during those freezes.  I guess you could say, if it survives, then it is worthy for my yard.  Also the Ponderosa gave me lots of lemon juice for home made lemon pie. 
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.
 

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