Pushing the zone- Roselle

  • Pushing the zone- Roselle

    Posted by MulberryGardens-Christina on October 15, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Hey friends!! Roselle doesn’t start setting pods until the weather starts cooling, which in Texas this year wasn’t until early October…. now they are forecasting frost this next Tuesday (over 2 weeks earlier than average)… did I mention the high tomorrow is in the 90s? Anyways, the plants have only a few dozen mature pods on them and hundreds and hundreds of tiny ones. Do you think I could tarp these and put bricks from a fire pit under them to make it through the night, and water them before daylight? Current forecast is one night of 33 degrees… and back to the 80s by next weekend…

    Thoughts? Ideas?

    Squashmania replied 7 months, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • AlphaDelta

    October 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Christina, I just joined, so just saw your post. Your plan sounds good. You might rig something around the perimeter of your hibiscus to keep the cover from touching it. make sure the “tarp” is cloth. I’m obviously quite a ways South of you. No freezes here for a while yet, but we get the wild temp swings as well. Worst case scenario. AD

  • MulberryGardens-Christina

    October 19, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Hi and welcome to the group! We had a 25 foot plastic tent cover from a wedding a few years ago and we hung it over some cattle panels and attached to our southern pea trellis so for the most part it wasn’t touching the bushes and we attached the sides and sheets all around the sides… we put hot water, bricks, and buckets of coals in there throughout the night…. so far it looks like they survived! The rest of the garden looks like carnage….

  • Squashmania

    February 19, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Tarps and feed sacks did wonders for the fig that set fruit late last year. Your plan sounds genius. I hope it worked out!

Log in to reply.