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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 13:32:30 -0400
  • Thread-index: AcSN3MH73B1H/aYJSJ2p0KN8OFq7FAAD3zJg

Hi John,
Sorry for the delay. I recently installed Windows SP2 and the Firewall
thinks my Aroid mail is Junk ( Who Knows?). I'm slowly catching up.  You
have many good points.  Regarding some of the food crops, it may be easier
to buy them in the supermarket, than let them invade out yards.  Most of the
other food crops have a proven record of safety.  This is all I am
suggesting.  Kudzu, Pistia, Brazilian Peppertree, Australian Pine, Umbrella
Tree, etc and some fish species do not.  Careless  plant importers that
recently brought in diseases such as the Cycad scale, the lobate scale, the
rapid Oak disease are not helping either.  We should not contribute to the
problem.  Ron

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
On Behalf Of Floral Architecture
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:49 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Invasive plants

There is one drawback to that theory. What is invasive in Fl may not be
invasive in CA or OH. One example is chives. They seem innocent enough.
Right? Well, those little *#$&*& are all over the place at my uncle's house
in OH. I have garlic and regular chives. Both have reseeded into every nook
and cranny they can. But here in CA. I can barely get the harvested seeds to
sprout and continue growing. 
But, I am straying here. 
I agree that invasive species should not be imported but, who can we trust
to say that they are invasive?
They have to be here to be able to prove their capability. 
I saw a slide program on Oxalis years ago by Michael Vassar of the
Huntington. He showed a slide of a gorgeous, miniature yellow Oxalis.
Everyone wanted one. Well, he took great pride in telling us we already
owned it. It is the one that every gardener pulls out of the pots (or
greenhouse) every month.
This little miniature Oxalis is rare in the wild and has problems reseeding.
Also, it's native habitat is being destroyed. 
So, who says it is invasive?? The country that it comes from or those here
who already have a problem? 
Granted there are some that have already proven themselves, Phragmites,
Purple Loosestrife, Pampas grass, Pistia, Brazilian peppertrees, Canada
Thistle (don't even get me started on that one) and so on and so forth. 
But, who is responsible for the closure on the page of Kudzu harvesting? 
I'm just waiting for the day that the government says that Am. titanum is a
noxious weed and seeds cannot be imported. Or that Spathaphyllum are noxious
and must be pulled from all the malls across America because they pose a
I am all for increasing native plant production. There are incredible
species and varieties that are available. But, if we were not allowed the
possibility of growing imported plants we have a serious problem.
You would loose a lot of food. Just a few examples would be tomatoes,
potatoes, celery, peppers, squash, most grains, most fruits and vegatibles,
and so on, and so on, and so on. 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. 
www.floralarchitecture.com check it out Floralartistry2000@yahoo.com
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)
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