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Old 03-24-2019, 01:36 PM
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For anyone who grows either of these species, I would appreciate any cultural information you can provide, especially in regards to their temperature preferences and/or tolerances. I know they are warm-to-hot growing species. But what is a safe minimum that they can handle without experiencing problems with growth, flowering, rot, etc. Thank you.

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Hi, Steve.

Do you really want to know what you can get away with, or what the plants would prefer to do their best?

For the latter, lows in the low-to-mid-70's is probably best.

For the former, I think a lot depends upon the root system and potting medium wetness. In sphagnum, which stays pretty moist, but is "dense" enough that evaporation is fairly slow, I try to keep a minimum of 75, never let 'em go below 65.
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Hi, Ray. Yes, I would like to know what I could get away with in regards to minimum acceptable temperatures. However, I agree completely with the implication that I really should be aiming for "what the plants would prefer to do their best." I find the blooms of this species almost mesmerizing. So I think I should probably just avoid looking at pictures of them to save myself from doing something stupid. :-)

Thank you for your reply to my question.

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I have the same problem. I really love the bellina but I have cooler temperatures (N: 60'F- D: 68'F) in the winter. I have tried and failed a few times trying to grow this one. I decided to try one more time and I currently have bellina 'Star'. No heat mat or any extra efforts and it did just fine during the winter. It must be a little more tolerant.
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Interesting that your plant has been able (so far) to tolerate the cooler winter temperatures that you described. Maybe it is a little more adaptable than the literature claims. Still, I will probably just have to wean myself from staring at all of those lovely bellina and violacea pictures online instead of giving in to temptation. Thanks for your feedback.
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Cooler is OK if kept fairly dry. Cool + wet = dead roots.
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Excellent point. So maybe--just maybe--I'll go have a shot of whiskey and then place an order for a cheap one somewhere. Thanks, Ray.
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FWIW, my violacea 'Indigo` and bellina are grown in a vivarium at high of 80 or so, and I try to get it to cool to 70 at night, but I think it might stay a few degrees warmer. Humidity at about 60%.

P. violacea `Indigo` is in spike. Couldn't be happier.
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