Re: [Aroid-l] help for novice
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] help for novice
- From: Ken Mosher firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2005 13:28:48 -0400
I think you're lucky not to have dead Am. paeoniifolius!
Many of us in the northern climates, NJ certainly included, have had
persistent and very serious rot problems with paeoniifolius tubers when
they are allowed to be cold and wet at the same time.
I would absolutely never allow mine to stay outdoors or receive any
water once nighttime temps drop below 60 (at the coldest). Last year ago
I lost every single paeoniifolius except one because of cold/wet
conditions. At the time I had little option since my greenhouse wasn't
covered until November, but this year the watering of my new ones is
being closely controlled as end-of-season approaches. And they've been
in the greenhouse all season. The more experience I gain growing in CT
the more I find that only a few are suited for outdoor growing this far
One more mention about plastic bags and amorphs: don't do it! I don't
care if they're open or not. The only plastic I'd ever *consider* would
be an onion bag - the mesh kind. I keep all mine only in paper bags.
I drag mine inside just before night temps go in the 30's, cram it into a corner of the living room, stop watering, and wait 2 months for the leaves to die down. Then I wait another 2 months to allow the rest of the soil to dry out, after which I unpot, check the tuber(s), and then hang them in an open plastic shopping bag from a nail on my basement ceiling rafters until I see shoots poking out in late May/ early June.
Cliffwood Beach, NJ
----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2005 4:20 pm
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] help for novice
From: Noel Crisler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
should A. Paeonifolius , after dying down, stay in the pot?
Well, I'm no expert, but have kept mine in it's pot - allowed to go
totally dry; kept inside in normal room temps until spring, when I
repot into a larger pot with fresh media as signs of new growth
become evident. This seems to have worked fine for the 3 years I've
Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
Editor: Gardening in Shade, Suite101.com
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