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  Growing A. titanum in South Florida
From: "Susan Cooper" SCooper at cooperpower.com> on 2000.03.31 at 20:10:51(4297)
To add to the South Florida conversation,
Where did you live that it was dry and dusty?
When I lived in West Palm Beach (hi Ju-Ju) it would rain every afternoon in
the summer.
From: "Paul Kruse" pkruse2000 at mindspring.com> on 2000.04.01 at 07:13:24(4303)
To answer your question about South Florida climatology, I first moved to
Miami in 1949 to study Oceanography. Later I moved to Naples, Florida,
where I now live. It is common knowledge that in S. Fla. our rainy season
usually runs from May to December. During this period, however, we have had
prolonged dry spells. Our traditional dry season takes care of the other
months. The sandy, calcareous soils, found in this area do not retain
moisture very well. Prolonged dry spells can happen any time of the year.
If you have been watching the news, last year S. Fla. has experienced
numerous large fires, due to lack of rain. Right now S.W. Florida is under
a severe fire warning period, again because of the dry weather.

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2000.04.02 at 07:58:12(4313)

The west coast of Florida is much dryer than the east coast almost any time
of year...but in both places we are now in very severe drought conditions,
almost all the grass is dead unless you water it continuously, which you
can't do legally because SW FL water restrictions now only allow one day per
week, absolutely no car washing or sidewalk washing, and even hand watering
annuals and smaller plants in the yard is also restricted to one day (the
water police are out in Hillsborough county - Tampa - and they have levied
fines up to $500 for non-compliance). River and lake levels are some of the
lowest in many years. Brush fires are a major hazard now. Temperatures are
climbing each day. Generally our rains begin in late May on a regular basis,
but sometimes it is late June before there is enough moisture in the air to
kick in those daily convectional afternoon rains and sometimes it even takes
a late season hurricane or tropical depression to really dump enough rain to
replenish aquifer levels for the next dry season. Indeed, it is now dry and
dusty in SW Florida!

There are similar conditions in S. California each summer, but their
situation is much more critical since we always have more humidity even in
our driest time. Leather, books and almost anything will mold here if you
don't use your air conditioner or at least a de-humidifer year round.

Donna Atwood

From: B Piilani Brady citromatic at yahoo.com> on 2000.04.02 at 17:18:17(4326)
Now to add a twist. I'm moving from Seattle to
San Diego in late June and will have an entirely
new climate to play in. Within reason I'm
guessing having a small misting system would help
tremendously? Any southern California (or
similar climate) Amorphophallus growers welcome
to add their thoughts.

Thanks again to all!

From: Claude Sweet sweetent at home.com> on 2000.04.02 at 19:01:52(4330)

Welcome to San Diego. You will find the winter rainfall pattern (about 9
inches total) occurring from November through April to be the biggest
adjustment. Just wait until you get a water bill in the summer.

The climate in San Diego can change rapidly as you travel East towards
the inland dessert valleys. There are micro climates that can vary
depending on the elevation and prevailing winds.

I can grow bananas, mangoes, and other tropical and subtropical fruit
(citrus) within feet of apples, peaches, and figs. Depending on the
exposure of the growing site (Northern verses Southern).

Claude Sweet

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