- To: lindsey
- Subject: Re: hardiness
- From: Al Wootten <awootten@NRAO.EDU>
- Date: Wed, 19 Feb 1997 13:12:43 -0600
Lester Kallus writes:
> I'm curious if my plants will have survived the winter. Yesterday, while
> searching through another catalog, I found Colocasia esculenta listed as a
> zone 9 plant. Having thought it was a zone 7 plant, I left mine out this
> This past winter here on Long Island has been a warm one. Although usually
> a zone 7a area, we had a balmy 8a with two short-lived (4-5 hours) dips
> into 7b. Are my Colocasias doomed?
Mine are planted in sandy loam within sight of the Chesapeake Bay, 7b/8a
usually but balmy this year.
Mine have wintered over through two winters, this last the milder of them.
The top of the large corm became a bit mushy from frost damage, but
the plant performed beautifully anyway, as did two smaller corms. I
have not tried overwintering my bulbifer (waiting until my leaf-corm
provides me with a spare).
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