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  Philo seed advice needed.
From: SNALICE at aol.com on 1997.03.11 at 11:07:53(485)
Hello list,
I am on the Philo seed list and I was wondering if someone can help
me choose some approiate varieties to grow both inside my house as well as
outside in my area? I live in extreem northern CA, in zone 9-9b. The
winter temp. ranges from 40's to 50's, sometimes dropping to the 30's (this
only happened twice this year), and on very rare occasions has dropped to the
high 20's). The summer temp. ranges from 50's to 70's, occasionsly reaching
80's and very rare 90's. The plants I choose need to be able to withstand
fog, high cloud covering until noon ,and many times, lack of sun all day, and
no rain throughout the summer ( I will water where
necessary). The winters are totally wet and cold. The soil on my property is
a rather acid form surrounding fir trees. If someone can help me choose
wisely, I would really appreciate it!
Thank you
Sue Zunino

From: Eduardo Gomes Goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.03.13 at 11:27:10(494)
On Tue, 11 Mar 1997 SNALICE@aol.com wrote:

> Hello list,
> I am on the Philo seed list and I was wondering if someone can help
> me choose some approiate varieties to grow both inside my house as well as
> outside in my area? I live in extreem northern CA, in zone 9-9b. The
> winter temp. ranges from 40's to 50's, sometimes dropping to the 30's (this
> only happened twice this year), and on very rare occasions has dropped to the
> high 20's). The summer temp. ranges from 50's to 70's, occasionsly reaching
> 80's and very rare 90's. The plants I choose need to be able to withstand
> fog, high cloud covering until noon ,and many times, lack of sun all day, and
> no rain throughout the summer ( I will water where
> necessary). The winters are totally wet and cold. The soil on my property is
> a rather acid form surrounding fir trees. If someone can help me choose
> wisely, I would really appreciate it!
> Thank you
> Sue Zunino

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From: SNALICE at aol.com on 1997.03.13 at 16:49:28(495)
Thank you Edwardo, I will write these down and study the possibilities. If
I decide not to plant all of the seed I get from the order this year, for how
long are the seeds viable? Can they last until next winter so I can start
some earlier to allow for the hardening period before going outside? Aslo, I
have a 9' by 15' plastic covered greenhouse (lower half is 2" redwood and the
upper half is poly pipes arranged quansit style over the top with white
plastic covering). I have no heating system, but I do have a misting system
installed, and electricity. In a short while, I should be able to start seed
inside, but as far as winter goes, when the temp. drops outside, it also
drops inside. The only protection it would really provide would be from
frost. It wouldn't help a bit when it comes to freezing (which we don't get
much). Is there some way I can utilize the greenhouse for the Philos? In
summer, it would be very warm and humid, but winters are another thing. Do
you think the rustic species would survive in there?
Thank you.
Sue Zunino

From: Eduardo Gomes Goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.03.14 at 17:40:52(500)
Dear Sue,

As we've already commented in this list some time ago, the viability of
Philos' seeds are somewhat short (say 2 months or usually much less than
this). Your greenhouse would be great to grow your babies in the summer,
but you should remove them before the winter. As I already told you,
seedlings are very fragile (even here, in Brazil). When your plants get
older, you can try to grow them in the greenhouse along the entire year. I
have seen some plants of P. imbe growing on so weird places that I guess
they could grow almost everywhere!!!
I think I'm not the best one to talk about this, 'cause I'm living in
Brazil and here in Brasilia the temp. drops down to 50's in the coldest
days of the winter! Maybe there is anyone in this list that have some
experience on growing Philos in colder areas.

Hope it helps,

Eduardo

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