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Growing were no one has grown before. :>)

  • Subject: Growing were no one has grown before. :>)
  • From: "brian williams" <pugturd50@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 23:58:49 -0500 (CDT)

I will try my best to describe the problems that I have to face. LOL

The temperature here in KY usually reach 0F to -10F with a few time going as 
far as    -20F   Which would make a zone 6 in Celsius -23 to -18

Now having these types of temperatures few besides the fanatics like myself 
actually grow many aroids.

Here is how I do it. The greenhouse use the double layer plastic with the 
air space in between for insulation. I have a boiler type heater that we are 
getting this year. This will run off of fire wood. We also have gas heaters 
that kick on if I am to lazy to run out and put wood on the stove. The 
harder I work the less my heating bill. the lazier I am the more I pay.

During the winter its best to for me anyway to get as much light as possible 
so no shade cloth during the winter months.

For cooling off in the summer. All the greenhouse doors are opened and the 
huge exhaust fan will kick on if the temperature goes over 85F. I also use 
mister systems which are getting hooked up to timers as well as capillary 
mats which I find very helpful in propagating many of my aroids and keeping 
the humidity up. Two wet walls that I made with plants growing up it work 
very well in keeping it cooler.

Not to mention most of this greenhouse is being turned into my personal 
conservatory. Rock walls are being put in. We are using a sponge rock which 
is very porous and light that will cover the 10ft tall walls. These wall 
will help insulate as well as capture heat during the day and release it 
during the night.

But many of my tropicals go in the ground manly Alocasia Colocasia 
Xanthosoma bananas cannas and others.

As you can see growing all these aroids in KY is not easy or cheap. But I do 
love doing it and I am sure I will be very happy once most the work is 
finally completed. Hopefully this will help others.

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