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RE: [Aroid-l] Invasive plants

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Invasive plants
  • From: "ron" <ronlene@bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 12:06:09 -0400
  • Thread-index: AcSN3SfnYE0geOQ5SBqyGjfph828mwAAfP+w

Hi Danny,
It's good to hear a response to my note.  This is a very worthwhile example of what can happen when an innocent gardener tries a new plant in his garden.  These invasive "treasures" can do the environment NO good. Call your local County Agricultural Extension Service and tell them about it and they can tell you how to eradicate the pest plant.  DO NOT  offer it to your friends!!   This will further pollute our precious environment.  Let your conscience be your guide.
I am NOT a radical,protestor, environmentalist or a person who chains himself to gates, but I have seen the long term damage that evasive plants and animals can do to our country.  Let's hear some more opinions!    Ron Kessler

From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of danny wilson
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 12:17 AM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Invasive plants

when ever i grow something that is particularly invasive, monstly tuberous aroids, especially arisaema triphyllum and amorphophallus konjac, i make sure to grow them in pots and not let them go to seed.  if i do want to put them in the ground, i just bury them in the pot.  i have had first hand experience with extremely invasive plants.  the most nasty in my town, samta cruz california, is Arum italicum.  it crossed my entire neighborhood from what i can tell to be the location where a few plants were put many, many years ago.  it even grows in 3 feet of large chunky granite we use for drainage in my back yard.  you cna find A. italicum literally everywhere in santa cruz, including cracks in teh street.  another monster around here is Arum palaestinum, believe it or not.  i was actually able to locate the original palce these plants were introduced. several plants at that location had flowers nearing 2 feet long and 1 foot acros s.  if anyone wants any A. palaestinum, let me know, i will be happy to get a few out of here.  all 3 documented forms grow here.  the one that smells like over-ripe fruit, the one that smells exactly like dog poo, and hte one that smells like nothing.  the big bad one around here particularly is dracunculus vulgaris.  these plants are so insanely invasive that one year after planting 20 large flowering sized tubers bigger than a baseball each, which i got for free from a nice couple down the street from me, this year i dug them up and now have close to 100 babies and larger tubers.  i even have 8 or 12 of the marbled forms as well as 3 or 4 variegated plants.  keep these plants in pots, for the love of all taht is good.
i do indeed know the dangers of releasing invasive plants in an alien environment

>From: "ron" <ronlene@bellsouth.net>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>CC: Linda Seals <lseals@mail.ifas.ufl.edu>
>Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Invasive plants
>Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 11:36:14 -0400
>To all of those who think it's OK to grow "just a few" invasive plants "at
>I live in Florida and volunteer with the Agriculture Extension Service here.
>I read lots of information about the damage that the imported invasive
>Genera of flora and fauna are causing to our natives. Most of these living
>things were imported with good intentions, to beautify our land, to protect
>from insect and animal predators, to improve our food supply,  and lastly,
>to profit from in business.   Most of these intentions worked fine for a
>while, but the long term effects are starting to become apparent now, AND it
>is to late to reverse much of it.  I cannot go into the details of all of
>the individual species that are the villains, but I am sure you have read
>about most of them.
>Our country has thousands of natives that should make most of us happy.  As
>Aroid lovers, there are hundreds of aroids that have passed the test of time
>for environmental safety.  We should think very carefully before we try to
>import and plant any species that does not have a proven environmental
>safety record.  It's always nice to have something that no one else has, but
>by owning it, you assume the responsibility of quarantining it until you are
>confident that it will not be invasive, because it may escape.  I believe
>this testing should be left to the trusted professional grower.
>We all take great pride in our collection.  Lets also take great pride in
>our environment!  DON'T GROW INVASIVE PLANTS!!       Ron Kessler
>   _____
>From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
>On Behalf Of Arthur, Brian, Sean Myers
>Sent: Friday, August 27, 2004 8:16 PM
>To: Discussion of aroids
>Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] upcoming IAS show and sale
>Since when(or where) is it illegal to own pistia? It is still sold here in
>PA in all of the local nurseries and when i had water gardens  i always had
>Sean Myers
>Patricia Frank wrote:
>Unfortunately it is now illegal to own a pistia, let alone show the plant at
>the show. I brought in one in the crystal award that goes with it and had it
>taken by our Plant Inspector.
>So there goes our fun. Alan Fernandez would not be pleased.
> >From: "Alan Galloway"  <mailto:alan_galloway@ncsu.edu>
><alan_galloway@ncsu.edu> >Reply-To: Alan Galloway
><mailto:alan_galloway@ncsu.edu> <alan_galloway@ncsu.edu>,Discussion of
>aroids  <mailto:aroid-l@gizmoworks.com> <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com> >To:
>"aroid-l"  <mailto:Aroid-l@gizmoworks.com> <Aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> >Subject: [Aroid-l] upcoming IAS show and sale >Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004
>13:12:32 -0400 > >Folks, > >I've been meaning to send this email for some
>time, but have just been too >busy. > >Was talking with an IAS member some
>weeks back and he mentioned that there >used to be a contest at the IAS show
>and sale where individuals would enter >their largest specimen of Pistia
>(water lettuce).  He said some were huge. > >Would there be any interest in
>reviving this contest?  Sounds like a lot of >fun, especially for kids. >
> >Alan > >_______________________________________________ >Aroid-l mailing
>list >Aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> >http://www.gizmoworks.com/mailman/listinfo/aroid-l
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