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Lakeland, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 16, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9243969

A plant I have always that thought is beautiful was Deppea splendens. Problem is I live in very hot Florida, not the cool cloud forests they originate in. Last year I was able to purchase a small cutting so I figured what the heck.. Grew well, got bigger (about 15" tall) and is now stating to flower. Much tougher than I imagined. Sorry about the pic, couldn’t get a clear shot.

David, in Florida where it has been 90/76 for about the last 4 or 5 months

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Big Pine Key, FL
(Zone 11)

August 16, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9244123

Looked at your last few posts. David, you are growing some VERY cool plants...

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Lakeland, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 16, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9244156

Thanks. You can barely walk through my yard, there many other plants that are just as cool, if not cooler. It has taken quite a bit of work searching to get them. Not to mention money.

Blackshear, GA

August 17, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #9244330

What do you do with them during the winter? I would be afraid I would lose them.
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 17, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9244348

I have a pretty good microclimate, near a large lake so rarely get to freezing or get frost. I put up a "greenhouse" of sorts up over the coldest months (dec-jan) with a greenhouse heater in it that keeps it from getting below 60.In the day it gets near 90 on VERY humid so the ultra tropicals do fine.


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