Low Winter Temperatures in South Africa/Gethyllis

James Yourch yourch@nortelnetworks.com
Mon, 19 Jul 2004 11:21:37 PDT
Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

>Most people grow Gethyllis in pots. Why couldn't they be brought inside 
>to a cool room if the temperatures got really cold and then moved back 
>outside when the cold spell passed. I've done that with plants here I 
>cherished and didn't want to take a chance on. It surely doesn't stay 
>at the extremely low temperatures all the time.

Hi Mary Sue,

When I expressed interest about this genus earlier I was not implying that I
would be successful growing them in open ground here.  I was thinking that I
could grow them in containers, keep them dry during the summer, putting them
outdoors in good light during mild winter days, keeping them in a cool,
unheated garage with large south facing windows at night and during the
coldest winter days.  We have enough mild winter days here that this might
be an option.  The plants look small, so moving a small container twice
daily for most of the winter would not be a problem.

I would be willing to give it a try if I knew where to purchase some of the
easier species in this genus.


Jay Yourch

Central North Carolina, USA (USDA Zone 7).

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