Plant Database forum: Add Goes Dormant to database

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 6, 2012 6:12 PM CST

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I'm wondering if we could add a characteristic indicating a plant goes dormant. This would be very helpful for cold climate growers of tropical/sub-tropical plants. I don't know how this should be noted, or if different types of dormancy should be noted in differing ways. Zantedeschia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma and Caladium all go dormant and so are ideal candidates for dry winter storage. I just found out Synandrospadix vermitoxicus also goes dormant so of course I had to get one. Thanks to the knowledgeable folks here I was able to finally overwinter some Canna which apparently go semi-dormant and require some minimal moisture.
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 7:03 AM CST

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I think this would go under "Miscellaneous" as "Goes Dormant". If you agree I'll add it!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 7, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Evan, how did you overwinter those Canna? I grew some from seed this year and it would be nice to see if I could keep them over the winter.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 9:18 AM CST

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When I lived up north I used to overwinter cannas by waiting for a light frost to knock them back, then dug them and put them in plastic grocery store bags with some lightly moistened potting soil or peat moss, then kept them in the cool garage for the winter. In spring I'd plant them in the ground again and they always sprang right up.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 7, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Thanks! I'll have to give that a try......assuming we get a light frost before the ground freezes solid! Hilarious!
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2012 10:28 AM CST

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That's pretty much what I did Dave except I had already removed all the soil and was storing them dry so I took more drastic steps. This year I'll do something similar to what you describe. Woofie, I commented on what I did on the Tropicanna entry, if I hadn't removed the soil it would have been much less work. Canna Lily (Canna Tropicanna®)

dave said:I think this would go under "Miscellaneous" as "Goes Dormant". If you agree I'll add it!


That sounds good. Any additional information can be added as comment?

Edit: Woofie, one thing I noticed was the Canna didn't seem to be much affected by our first frost like the Calla, Colocasia and Xanthosoma were. I cut at dug them with everything else though.
Evan
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 10:30 AM CST

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I've added it! And yes, additional information would be perfect for the comments section.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2012 10:31 AM CST

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Thumbs up Thumbs up
Now for some parent plant proposals.
Evan
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 10:41 AM CST

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I agree

Parent plant proposals have to go through me, though, since only I can currently change a parent plant. FYI...
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2012 11:49 AM CST

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Forgot I wanted to wait for the "Underground parts of plants" to be added. *Blush*
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 12:13 PM CST

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Kent will be along at some point to let us know all the fields that belong under there.

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