WINTER PROTECTION AT YOUR NURSERY
After spending 5 years in northeastern America, and with our experience in this country of the coldest winter on record, I decided it would be relevant to discuss methods of protecting plants used at two different nurseries in the U.S.A., and to discuss what we plan to do at our nursery in Boningale.
My first 3 years in the states were spent at Jim Wells Nursery as a student and then manager. The Wells Nursery was located 30 miles south of New York on the East Coast with temperatures ranging from 100°F (38°C) in July to –15°F (–26°C) in January and February. Wells specialized in growing rhododendrons and azaleas, which were subject to damage by the extreme cold if unprotected, therefore every precaution had to be taken to minimize the risk of damage.
The first thing Jim Wells did was to select a hardy range of rhododendrons and azaleas able to survive harsh East Coast winters. Rhododendrons he selected for their hardiness were the ‘Iron Clad’
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