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Re: [Aroid-l] Cold-hardiest Climbing Aroids?

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Cold-hardiest Climbing Aroids?
  • From: "William H Anderson" <exotaqua@bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 18:11:56 -0500

I am growing Syngonium podophyllum on live oak trees since the summer of
2000. The first winter, before they were climbing, 17F (in the open) burned
a few leaves on the ground hugging stems. Since then the plants have climbed
at least 12 feet up the live oak and have never been seriously damaged by
temperatures typically in the low 20s (we are zone 9a near Brunswick, GA).
According to the University of South Florida's web page (ISB Atlas of
Vascular Plants) this species has naturalized as far North are Gainesville,
FL. Interestingly the attractive variegated juvenile foliage reverts to
solid green as the leaves assume the adult multilobed shape.

Monstera friedrichsthalii usually looses its leaves during the winter but
new leaves rapidly grow as soon as the weather begins to warm. It too has
grown about 12 feet up a neighboring live oak. I consider this species to be
an experiment in progress, as it outgrew its indoor location.

These plants have a NE exposure and are close to our "L" shaped two story

The Syngonium is doing so well that it is invading areas intended for other
plants. I could make some cuttings available next spring to interested
parties. Realize they need to become well established in the ground before
they begin to climb.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
To: <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 6:12 AM
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Cold-hardiest Climbing Aroids?

> &gt;From: RAYMOMATTLA@cs.com
> &gt;Reply-To: Discussion of aroids &lt;aroid-l@gizmoworks.com&gt;
> &gt;To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> &gt;Subject: [Aroid-l] Cold-hardiest Climbing Aroids?
> &gt;Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 19:45:38 EST
> &gt;
> Dear Raymond,
> I`d GUESS the Philo`s and some Monsteras are the best in cold, M.
> (and P. 'selloum')  take a LOT of cold here in Florida.    Maybe Tom Croat
> could give the names of some of the far-South growing Philos/Monsteras,
> I do not know if these are available in cultivation.
> The Best,
> Julius
> >>>>I dont expect anyone to tell me there are any climbing Aroids that
> >>>>live
> &gt;in my climate (USDA 7b-8a) which can drop to 10-15F each winter, but
> any
> &gt;of the experts know which of the climbing aroids can be considered the
> &gt;hardiest?  I have heard Epipremnum aureum is growing as far north as
> Southern Georgia
> &gt;(USA) but probably not permanently.  Ive seen it personally growing
> quite tall
> &gt;up pine trees as far north as Jacksonville Florida.  Are there any
> &gt;climbers (Rhaphidophora? Monstera?) that could take some winter cold
> with minimal
> &gt;damage?
> &gt;Thanks,
> &gt;Michael Mattlage
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