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Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2001.10.09 at 05:29:27(7578)|
Well, the plant you cited (i.e., the Xanthosoma "Golden", "Aurea" or
"Lime Green", erroneously known as X. mafaffa) is a heat-lover indeed. My
plants almost died here in Sao Paulo (temperatures during winter usually
reach 8 oC) and now they are trying to recover. I am not an expert on
overwinter plants (I have never seen real snow in my whole life!), but I do
not believe that these plants are that hardy. Their rhizomes are somewhat
tender and proned to desiccation.
Very best wishes,
>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!'
>I'm trying to find anyone that has overwintered Xanthosoma mafaffa, the
>cultivar sold as 'Aurea' or 'Lime Zinger' outdoors at any temperatures
>below 32 degrees F. Any help would be appreciated.
>Plant Delights Nursery @
>Juniper Level Botanic Garden
>9241 Sauls Road
>Raleigh, NC 27603 USA
>Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
>Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
>USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
>phone 919 772-4794
>fax 919 662-0370
>"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least
>three times" - Avent
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