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by mo_carnivore » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:53 pm
by Benurmanii » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:03 pm
mo_carnivore wrote:So, do these plants actually go dormant? How cold would you have to keep them to have them live well to the next year? Would they need as much light in the winter? So, in summary... could they do okay by a drafty south-facing windowsill in the winter?
by DeadlyCarnivore » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:33 pm
Benurmanii wrote:mo_carnivore wrote:So, do these plants actually go dormant? How cold would you have to keep them to have them live well to the next year? Would they need as much light in the winter? So, in summary... could they do okay by a drafty south-facing windowsill in the winter?
They do go dormant, but they maintain the same summer leaf type. Well, I actually notice small amounts of growth even during freezing temps. Apparently, they can be completely covered in snow during the wild, so I don't think they actually need light during winter (if temps are cold enough). That is when they may go to a complete stop. They may do fine on your windowsill, but I really don't know what is the maximum winter temp to get these to survive long-term. I lost one of my adult plants, and I am quite certain it is because it was going into its second year without a winter. If you get lots of snow during the winter, you may want to try keeping them outside during then. They handle freezing very well, but they will be damaged by freezing winds, which will dry the foliage. Snow acts as a great insulator for temperate plants and will protect them from drying too. Unfortunately, it snowed a ton a few days ago and I missed my chance to put the plants outside to see how they like the snow (my mature chilensis have been in the garage because where I live we mostly get freezing dry winds and no snow).
If you can't get them to go dormant, you may be able to maintain your collection via seeds. They mature pretty fast. If you can get yours to flower, then it is easy to get lots of seeds to sow as backup.
by Benurmanii » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:22 pm
DeadlyCarnivore wrote:So the lowlest temp they can handle is 2-3 Fahrenheit? It can get to -18 where I live during the winter, but I want to try growing the seeds I got from a giveaway outside this year, is that too cold?
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by DeadlyCarnivore » Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:41 pm
The lowest temp they experience where they grow naturally seems to be around 17 degrees Fahrenheit. They may be able to handle temps lower than that. If you get snow cover, it may insulate them enough that they can handle those extremely cold temps. As we know, there are many temperate plants that can handle temps lower than what they would experience in their habitat.
In regards to the seeds, I would sow them in a warm place now so that they can start growing immediately. They can skip half a winter safely. Just make sure they get a rest next year.
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