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Re: CULT:REB: archives, tough ones, etc

From: z88keys@mindspring.com (L.Zurbrigg)

>From: Linda Mann <lmann@icx.net>
>I wrote:
>> > Donald, what are the nighttime temps when your poor plants are hard to
>> > keep alive?
>And Donald in Texas replied:
>> It is not unusual to have several weeks with night temps in the low to
>> upper
>> 70's [F].  Our humidity is not high as a general rule, so I'm talking basic
>> warm
>> night temps.  Last summer we went for over a week with it sitting in the
>> low
>> to mid 80's [F].  Plants that tolerate this seem to be of the tropical
>So maybe ~72oF is a night time temperature threshold for 'temperate'
>plant <performance> and ~80oF is threshold is a night time temperature
>threshold for their <survival>?  We don't have night time temperatures
>in the 80s, thank goodness.  Saving that for global warming :<
>I guess this next thought is too technical, but if we can study Punnett
>squares on-list, why not...any plant physiologists or physicists out
>there know what mechanisms have temperature thresholds in those ranges?
>I'm on digest, so don't know if Mike Sutton in California has commented
>yet - he may shoot this "story" all to pieces.
>Lloyd Zurbrigg - are you still on-list?  Did you have any luck getting
>the pumilas to live or rebloomers to bloom in spite of the summer
>nighttime heat in North Carolina?  (and did you survive the ice storm?)
>Maybe us southerners need to ship our plants north to Ellen G. for the
>Donald - If the humidity is really low, maybe you could buy a hoard of
>cheap 'swamp coolers' and chill the flowerbeds.  How much can the
>temperature be lowered with one of those things?  Or would that raise
>the humidity and cause more problems....
>Linda Mann east Tennessee USA
>Nobody was saying anything about it on the weather this am but there is
>an orange oblong blob on the national weather map right over my house.
>Orange is icy precip.  Phooey.  It was "supposed" to be near 40oF and
>sunny tod
>Dear Linda: Just returned from a trip to Hamilton, Canada, to provide
>wedding music for my brother Carl.  I still cannot say anythings very
>positive about the pumilas; they have not died altogether. The Burtons are
>still sending me pollen in the spring.  The rebloomers did not start until
>September, and that is when the nights began to be cooler. I BLESS gave
>three months of good, continuous bloom this year, after a good spring
>season. LOW HO SILVER has given quite a few fall stalks. (Both of these
>are from BABY BLESSED).  There were two FAULTLESS seedlings side by side
>this fall, late, with truly excellent form. Lloyd Z in Durham, NC . - I
>did not get any fall bloom on the Space-Age crosses. DARN!  Shall just
>keep trying.  By the way. IMMORTALITY was #1 and CLARENCE was #2 in the
>Symposium for Region 4 this year.

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