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Re: aviary/now Gunnera


Hi Andrea

Not humid at all.  Well, we do get fog in the mornings and evenings in 
the summer but basically we're pretty dry.  I seem to recall seeing it 
in pics of Costa Rica but maybe it was some other gigantic leaf plant.

DF

Andrea H wrote:

>David-how humid does it get there? I've always been told that Gunnera will
>not grow here because of our heat AND high humidity. I really want to try
>some but am afraid to.
>
>Andrea H
>Beaufort, SC
>Zone 8b
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 5:26 PM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] aviary
>
>
>  
>
>>Hi Wendy
>>
>>I'm in zone 8 on the cusp of 9 depending on the zonal chart you use.
>> We're in N. California.  It was a real mild winter and I don't think we
>>ever went below 30 this year.  Even my Jacaranda tree didn't have to be
>>put inside.
>>
>>I have the gunnera in a pretty shady spot in well drained soil.  They
>>like wet feet but will fry in too much sun.
>>
>>I was going to say try the Melianthus major but I think zone 5 is too
>>cold for them.  What about Aralia?  Otherwise known as Fatsia japonica
>>will that grow there?
>>
>>Thanks Wendy
>>
>>DF
>>
>>Wendy Swope wrote:
>>
>>    
>>
>>>Hello, David,
>>>
>>>I thoroughly enjoyed your message about your "aviary" and the backbone
>>>plants that make it so attractive to birds, as well as your mention of
>>>the flowers that brighten up the scenery.   I've been away for a while
>>>and don't remember where you do your gardening.  I'm guessing USDA Zone
>>>6 or 7?
>>>
>>>Tried growing gunnera in my Z. 5 yard, in garden soil (not the heavy
>>>clay we are naturally blessed with) a couple of years ago, and killed
>>>all 5 plants during their second season.  Darn.  What kind of climate,
>>>soil, and light/shade are your gunnera fond of?  I'd like to try them
>>>again--I need more large foliaged plants, and those leaves are so
>>>spectacular, they make me think of Jurassic Park and leaf-munching
>>>dinosaurs <g!>.
>>>
>>>Imagining your yard and coveting a wee bit,
>>>
>>>Wendy in SW OH
>>>
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