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Re: Monstera fruits - when ripe?

  • Subject: Re: Monstera fruits - when ripe?
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:34:47 -0500

Steve: 

I am kind of amazed that you have fruited a Monstera.  What pollinated
it?  The fruits usually take nearly a year to develop on the big one but
I think that on M. oblique the development time can be only a month or
so. 

Tom 

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Steve Marak
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2009 11:11 PM
To: Aroid list
Subject: [Aroid-l] Monstera fruits - when ripe?

Aroiders,

I thought this topic had been discussed before on Aroid-L, but I can't 
find it - how long does it take Monstera fruits to ripen, and how does
one 
tell they are ripe?

Last year about this time, a Monstera cutting in the greenhouse (which 
had, of course, gone through into the ground) began flowering. Two
fruits 
formed. I thought I remembered from that previous discussion that I
can't 
find that it takes quite some time for them to ripen, so I wasn't 
concerned until I saw it flowering again the other day and realized it's
a 
year later.

Last year's fruits are indeed a bit softer, but in the way that wood is 
softer than rock, not in a way that makes me think they're edible.

Thanks,

Steve

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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