Over the last few days we’ve been putting together a new frost and snow cover for the seedlings and young cuttings to protect from the frosts and snow.
The strong winds!
Monday the 9th of December 2019 we checked the BBC weather and it said calm night, at 6 am I was woken as there were winds hitting 60mph (100km/h for the Kiwi readers)! The new shelter had fallen over, thankfully there were no plants in it yet. A few extra weights on the ends and it’s currently secure.
Photo of the new feijoa frost cover:
UK grown Feijoa plants during the 2018 Beast from the East.
Although all of the feijoa plants we had in 2010 survived the -20C temperatures with no protection, the beast from the east was a bit different. In 2018 there were many more small plants grown from the seeds of the UK grown feijoa fruit and cuttings from some of the plants with the nicest fruit.
In the end we lost about 40% of seedlings which must’ve been too weak to withstand the UK climate, giving us stronger plants for future cross pollination. Here’s a couple of photos from 2018, you can see how high the snow covering was.