Re: Spring, and the Synandrospadix are blooming ...
> Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 11:33:08 -0600
> From: Steve Marak <email@example.com>
> Subject: Spring, and the Synandrospadix are blooming ...
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> And therefore time for my annual Synandrospadix post.
> Also, has anyone else done any testing of the hardiness of this plant?
> Since my plant forms offsets slowly (as in 1 each year, maybe 2 in a good
> year), I put one outside in 1996. Unfortunately, it was not a good test -
> while the tuber survived the winter without any sign of rot, it was
> damaged by "itchy finger blight" in the spring, so I've no idea if the
> climate or my impatience killed it.
> Can anyone offer advice?
> -- Steve Marak
> -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Good to hear someone else grows this beaut. plant.
I am in temperate zone 9 so I don't know if it will help but my plant
( in a pot ) grows happily through spring and summer then seems to
thrive on a dry winter rest. I don't re-water until I see the first shoots.
I think the dry cold is the important bit.
Grown from seed in July '96 it took 3 months to germinate outside in
temps. 6 - 20 C. It has 2 large leaves now but I am not expecting a
flower for a couple of years.
How long did yours take to flower ?
Two years ago I emailed Eduardo in Brazil to quizz him on this Sth.
He told me it grows from low elevation up to 1500 m, can cope with
cold winters and 40 C summers. It flowers from Oct. - Dec. and fruits
in Feb. It is dormant in the cold , dry winter ( May - Sept. ).
Any more information I have forgotten Eduardo ?
Melbourne is having a cool / mild autumn, a welcome relief from
summer. It still will not rain though. Eduardo will you please take
back your El Nino !
The Arums and Biarums are flowering and Dracunculus canariensis and
Ambrosinia bassii are shooting like crazy.
Hope your spring has sprung.
Monash University, Clayton 3168
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