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Re: Cyrtosperma

  • Subject: Re: Cyrtosperma
  • From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 11:19:19 -0500 (CDT)

For those in the Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri area of the central US, 
Bird's Botanicals has Cyrtosperma johnsonii. 

I picked up a small one (10 cm. pot, the leaf blades perhaps 20 cm. but 
with a meter of thorny stem) while there last November. It was immediately 
named "Scratchy" by everyone who had to be in the car with it.

I can attest to its cold sensitivity, as mentioned by Julius and others. 
During the unloading phase of that trip, I just put it in a corner of the 
sun room until I could read up on it. The sun room gets down to about 
16-18 C (60-65 F) at the edges, and within a couple of days the plant was 
already showing some unhappiness.

It's now out in the center, where the temperature stays somewhat higher - 
and, of course, where I'm within its reach when I'm in there. 


-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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