thanks for your replies to my inquiry and sorry for my late
It seems that Christopher is lucky to have the right
mediterranean climate for Helicodiceros.
Danâs experience seem to indicate that successful growth
under artificial light is not possible.
The different experiences with the hardiness in zone 6 made
by Steve, Tony and Jim W. might have to do with the very growing conditions.
Growing it on a sloped bank in JimW.âs case might help to keep it dryer in the
cold season and the necessity of hot summers as indicated by Tony might be
another important point.
I live in zone 7 (near Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany) and
planted some small offsets outside last autumn and will see what comes out of
it this spring, but having a cold winter with frost down to â15 ÂC (5 ÂF) I do
not expect too much.
Susanâs comments about growing it in a cold greenhouse, seem
to show that those conditions are not suitable to bring Helicodiceros to bloom
in cold wintergarten.
However, it might be possible.
might have a look at this site:
From the pictures it looks like a cold wintergarten and I
hope that I can give my plants similar conditions.
This season I used deep pots and a rich organic based
potting mix as recommended by the culturesheet description and the plants never
looked so good before (see picture).
my initial request there is one point still in question:
Does Helicodiceros need the colder temperatures for the
switch from vegetative to generative growth, in other words, is there a cold
requirement for the induction ofÂ an inflorescence?
curious, and thanks again to all of you who replied,