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Re: [aroid-l] Symplocarpus

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Symplocarpus
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce@myjaring.net>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 12:30:33 +0800

Hi Rand

I can only speak from cultivation experience of two of the four species -
foetidus & renifolius.

I my experience both need deep, rich, clayey continuously moist soil with a
reasonable humus content (rotted leaf litter (beech or oak seems to work
best)) an more-or-less full sun; both disliked very heavy soils that
compact. Another thing they certainly dislike is stagnant water-logged soil
and it seems that in a bog garden there should be some throughflow of moving
water rather than it simply being a muddy hole!

Being plants of wet habitats they most certainly dislike drying out although
mature, established plants (the roots and stem go to 1 m or more deep) they
seem to recover OK, even from the condition of the leaves being completely
flaccid, provided that don't remain in that condition more than a few hours.

I've not seen S. foetidus in the wild, but the wild populations of S.
renifolius I've observed in S. Korea were growing along stream margins in
mixed oak/beech open woodland in the soil was definitely squishy!

Hope this helps some


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rand Nicholson" <writserv@nbnet.nb.ca>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 1:54 AM
Subject: [aroid-l] Symplocarpus

> Hi Aroiders:
> It will be a while before I can construct a bog garden in my new location,
so the question is: How _dry_ can one reliably grow Symplocarpus foetidus
and still keep it healthy? Conversely, what are the ideal conditions for
growing it in a garden?
> Regards,
> Rand Nicholson
> Eastern Maritime Canada zone 5b
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