Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
- Subject: Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
- From: "Julius Boos" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 00:34:40 -0500 (CDT)
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From: Tony Avent <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2001 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
Good luck! (as the corus of the song 'Dream Lover' by the Everly Brothers
plays in the back ground) I don`t think that Xanthosomas can or ever will
withstand near freezing temps.---better chance of penguins living in Lk.
Okeechobee or Elephants at the N. Pole, but we can try, correct?!
These tropical plants SEEM fine with a short 'blast' of low temps., but IF
they don`t turn to mush right away, the cold damage is horrific after a few
days/weeks, the tissues die, and then they die.
Hope to see you soon!
We tried Xanthasoma maffafa 'Aurea' outdoors back in 1995. That winter we
reached 0 degrees F, and the plant was mush. The foliage was fine up until
frost. I guess we should try again now that we are having global warming.
You've got to look at the positive side of every issue...xanthosomas will
be hardy for everyone soon!<<
>I will be very interested in hearing the 'end' results of this
>survey---Xanthosoma 'mafafa' (in fact all species of Xanthosoma) are
>heat-loving plants, but who knows what extremes of low temps they might
>withstand, as they do grow pretty far south into southern S. America
>(Eduardo???). Somehow I suspect that you will find that the leaves will
>not withstand much below say 50 degs F., and the plant will be killed by
>wind with temps below this, and frost will kill the rhizome.
>Please let us know the results of YOUR attempts, but only after 'you kill
>yourself---at least three times!'
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