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  Anthurium and Cold (brrrr)
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1998.05.16 at 19:48:50(2152)
Peter,

Winters here in south Florida sound similar to yours. Rarely does the
temperature drop below 40 degF, but we always see some winter weather in
the 40s. I have a couple hundred Anthuriums here and many species. Some
seem to tolerate the cold better than others, but nearly all
will be damaged at these temperatures. But most will survive.

Obviously, a totally enclosed and heated environment, and increased
humidity level will be best. If you grow your plants in a shade house
environment like many of us in this subtropical climate do, you can cover
the entire the entire structure with plastic sheets and strategically
place a few 300 watt lights around to warm things up a bit.

If all of this is not possible, I'd recommend at a minimum doing whatever
you can to protect the plants from cold wind. Plants are subject to wind chill
just as we are, and this will go a long way to protect your plants.

Don

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