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Re: Help-advice needed

  • Subject: Re: Help-advice needed
  • From: "patricia frank" <tricia_frank@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 11:46:39 -0600 (CST)

Remember Mj, you have friends in Miami and should never be without a 
Gonatopus bovinii. Tricia

>From: "MJ Hatfield" <mjhatfield@oneota.org>
>Reply-To: aroid-l@mobot.org
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
>Subject: Help-advice needed
>Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 10:43:14 -0600 (CST)
>About 2 months ago I watched as my Typhonium pedunculatum's end leaves 
>to droop and curl. I didn't know if this was a precursor to dormancy or 
>problem with the plant. Over the weeks I watched more and more leaves curl
>and droop until finally I unpotted it to find not much left of a rotting
>tuber. It's gone.
>But now I have (You S. Florida folk don't laugh, please.) a Gonatopus
>bovinii that finished growing a new, robust petiole, about 1"-1 1/2"" in
>diameter, to a height of about 4'. Ahh, it looked great with it's thick
>shiny, mottled, glass smooth petiole. Then it sent up a flower stalk, then
>another. The flowers have yet to open but the leaves of the plant began to
>curl and droop, much like the Typhonium.
>I looked for some sort of "bug" explanation but couldn't find any. I waited
>for two weeks, but the droop did not improve. Finally, tonight, I unpotted
>this thing, ever so gently, to find the roots and tuber in fine shape. I
>repotted it, gently, with a fresh mix.
>My question now is, what should I do that would be best for the plant. It
>has been disrupted, some roots inadvertently torn, and it will not recover
>without some help. Do I:
>1. cut off both the flower stalks to allow energy back to the plant
>2. cut off some of the outer leaves to allow energy back to the plant
>3. leave it alone and let whatever happen, happen (The plant is
>indestructible, or so I am told.)
>I know that babies can be started easily from leaves (not quite as easily 
>I am told though). I know this is a weed to some of you. But I am rather
>fond of it and am not ready to lose it.
>Please advise.
>Thank you.
>MJ Hatfield

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