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Patrick

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They "got me" at the store today. Picked this guy. Reminded me of one of the ones I used to have growing in the Leilani lot. Right in the middle of the lot about 150 feet back, underneath some Ohia canopy.... Kind of bittersweet. It's all rock now; but I am happy to have this, it is a nice reminder of what a special place the area was.

 

This one is currently hanging out in the backyard, enjoying Leilani-similar conditions; though 15 degrees cooler than typical Hawaii. Only 60 degrees here. Dappled sun, scattered cluds and showers what's not to like!? There were a couple more of these still at the store and I might go grab them as well.

Anyone else growing these in California? I would imagine in humid Florida they grow great! Can they do outdoors? Probably frost tender. I'm guessing no to summer outdoors here in CA also; but I've never tried these. Time to go pull out The Tropical Look and read up! Thanks for the insight if you have experience with these!

 

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The trip home lol:

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Oakley, California

55 Miles E-NE of San Francisco, CA

Solid zone 9, I can expect at least one night in the mid to low twenties every year.

Hot, dry summers. Cold, wet winters.

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5 hours ago, Patrick said:

They "got me" at the store today. Picked this guy. Reminded me of one of the ones I used to have growing in the Leilani lot. Right in the middle of the lot about 150 feet back, underneath some Ohia canopy.... Kind of bittersweet. It's all rock now; but I am happy to have this, it is a nice reminder of what a special place the area was.

 

This one is currently hanging out in the backyard, enjoying Leilani-similar conditions; though 15 degrees cooler than typical Hawaii. Only 60 degrees here. Dappled sun, scattered cluds and showers what's not to like!? There were a couple more of these still at the store and I might go grab them as well.

Anyone else growing these in California? I would imagine in humid Florida they grow great! Can they do outdoors? Probably frost tender. I'm guessing no to summer outdoors here in CA also; but I've never tried these. Time to go pull out The Tropical Look and read up! Thanks for the insight if you have experience with these!

 

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The trip home lol:

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I have grown this in the ground in Carlsbad California for over 10 years. My biggest challenge was with snails over the years.  

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33.0782 North -117.305 West  at 72 feet elevation

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1 hour ago, Tracy said:

I have grown this in the ground in Carlsbad California for over 10 years. My biggest challenge was with snails over the years.  

Snails! Interesting. Good to know. Now that I think of it, they do look like a Cesar salad. Eapecially if I was a bug.  

Oakley, California

55 Miles E-NE of San Francisco, CA

Solid zone 9, I can expect at least one night in the mid to low twenties every year.

Hot, dry summers. Cold, wet winters.

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Is that nidus or antiquum or something else? I think antiquum is a little bit more cool tolerant, but neither will like cold and wet. I'd get it out of that horrible nursery medium and into a free-draining epiphyte mix of coco chips, pine bark, etc.

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Mine have taken extremes of heat and cold, down to minus 4c without a fuss. Frost will fry them but sometimes they start growing again.  I grew one in the fork of a tree, just sat it there and away it grew.  I just scrape away the top centimetre of soil and sit them on it with a bit of mulch over the exposed roots. They are a lot tougher than you think.

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27.35 south.

Warm subtropical, with occasional frosts.

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