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Re: Soil mix!!

One can always add perlite, as long as the species is not sensitive to
fluoride which perlite gives off (it's a problem in greenhouse production
with gladiolas and some palms, but I've not heard of it being a problem in
species in the Araceae family).

This is my first attempt to grow an Amorphophallus, so perhaps someone with
more experience can help.  In the mix I made, I used a very good organic
potting soil and added perlite to it.  It drains very well, without a
perched water table (which is sometimes a problem in potted plants); when
the noncapillary water has drained, the moisture meter reads a little above
midrange between "wet" and "dry."  It maintains this moisture level for two
days (so far; of course, there is probably very little root growth as of

Anyway, that's my amateur thoughts. If anybody has any feedback, let it fly.

By the way, the University of Hawaii has a wonderful botany/horticulture
website.  Here is the URL to their info on the family Araceae:


----- Original Message -----
From: "angel morales" <angel151@earthlink.net>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: Soil mix!!

> So , what do you suggest one do , to lighten the medium up a little: any
> thoughts...angel
> --
> Angel151@earthlink.net

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