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RE: Aroids

Thanks for the reply. Yes, they do so well that my front yard is used by my
neighbors for giving directions in our neighborhood! From what I can
remember, the leaves do the U shape before reaching the stem - peltate?. The
bulbs came from a lumber yard that advertised them as just plain old
elephant ears. Have I learned a lot in the past week about this family
Araceae!!!! Noticed that some of the sellers have some slightly different
names for the same plant i.e. picture VS picture. 
 The bulbs size are sized from larger than a softball to the size of a Nerf
football, but mostly roundish, and do they put on the bulbs!!! I try to
leave them planted unless we are due for a cold winter like the last one,
they had been planted for two seasons, and I separated five 5 gallon buckets
from them, out of just seven "Mothers". I did have a couple of plants that
started off of runners. When I transplanted them they went into shock for a
week and them snapped out of it. The blooms are a light yellow to white and
approximately four to five inches long. 
 You mentioned Xanthosoma Sagittifolia, beautiful plant, wish I had one. My
wife has started talking about removing a tree from our backyard and putting
in a swimming pool/water garden. I told her that it would be easy to turn
our whole yard into a different world. Think she hates the WEB now!!
 I told her about some of the recipes and types of dishes that can be made
from these. Just have to surprise her along about Halloween with a few.
 I would greatly appreciate some different types. Do you drink cappuccino? I
could swap some wonderful flavors from here for them with some of my bulbs
if you'd like.

Thanks again for the mail, 
Frank Stangl
Del City, Oklahoma

-----Original Message-----
From: Julius Boos [mailto:ju-bo@email.msn.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 10:38 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Subject: Re: Aroids

-----Original Message-----
From: Stangl Frank B Civ OC-ALC/LPPSB <Frank.Stangl@tinker.af.mil>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Date: Friday, March 30, 2001 12:28 PM
Subject: Aroids

Dear Frank,

Sounds like you have been growing these things with great sucess!   I`d like
to try to determine which variety of Colocasia esculenta you are having such
sucess with, if it is C. E. esculenta, the 'dasheen' variety, or C. e.
antiquorum, the 'eddoes' variety, or maybe even Xanthosoma sagittifolia, so
will ask a few questions---are the leaves peltate or sagittate, in other
words are the 'inner sides of the 'V' in the leaf blade partially closed in
to form a sort of 'U', or do they stay open in a 'V' down to the petiole or
stem?  Where did your plants originate??   Are the tubers which they produce
elongate, say 7-10" long by 2-3" thick, or more oval and round, and are
multple small tubers produced, or just a couple larger rounder tubers??   I
may be able to get a couple other cultivars locally here in Florida for you,
some are quite cold tollerant.   I can also send you GOOD recipes for your
excess tubers!!!

I look forward to hearing from you.


Julius Boos
W.P.B., Florida
>>  I have been growing Colocasia Esculenta (Green Taro) successfully in
Oklahoma now for four years and would like to add some different varieties.
Am interested in any of this family of Araceae that will grow in a heat
factor of 8 and hardiness zone 7.

Currently, my seven bulbs have reached a size of from six inches to the
largest at ten inches. Four of my ten plants bloomed with seed, but I did
not know how to collect till finding this Web site.
My plants grow over four feet tall with leaves up to (and over) eighteen
inches wide by two feet long. Last fall, when I dug them up to prepared them
for winter, I had to give away five each 5 gallon buckets full of various
sizes from 1 inch to 4 inches in diameter. Previous years have rated three
to four buckets.
I would like to know if anyone would like to, or could, make a swap for
some of their varieties?? I can send anything from just coming out of
dormacy to stalk/leaf up to almost 12 inches. Or I will buy, because finding
different varieties here is impossible. Thanks<<

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