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Re: Philodendron selloum

I don't know how it will do in cool summer situations. As I live in the USA
Zone 7b on the east coast where we have hot and humid summers, but cold
winters.  It is reliably root hardy here ( 0F ).  I have for the past two
years tried to save the trunk with protection with good success.  How ever
we have had mild winters the past two winters with the lows only in the
teens. I hope this helps you.

        - Steve

Steve Kennedy
zone 7b

At 11:13 AM 1/28/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm curious to hear of any successes with this species as a permanent
>garden plant in 'cool' areas ie. USDA Zones 9 or above.  Having gone
>through a winter here in England, where even Taro (Colocasia
>esculenta) has not died down and is now starting to produce new
>leaves, I'm very tempted to try this in a sheltered corner.  I
>understand the leaves are often killed by frost, but the 'trunk' can
>and does survive down to around 27F or even lower. =20
>I appreciate it probably needs good, hot humid conditions in order to
>make up in summer, but my little patch (a very sheltered, south
>facing, walled garden in the far south-west) is invariably very warm
>and humid throughout the spring, summer and autumn months.  Daytime
>highs of the mid to upper 80's and night-time lows in the upper 60's
>are not at all uncommon even during a comparatively cool summer.
>Gardenia jasminoides 'Florida', 'Butterfly gingers' (Hedychiums
>coronarium & gardnerianum) and even Christmas (Bracket) Cactus
>(Schlumbergera) flourish and flower without any problems
>David Poole
>USDA Zone 9b

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