Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros potting
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros potting
- From: James Waddick <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 13:34:30 -0600
This strikes me as an odd topic. My tubers are all somewhat
similar to tuberous Arum which have horizontal tubers (like A
italicum) with a growing point on one end turned upright. It is not
as if the growing tip is at the end and continuation of the tuber
such as in some other tuberous aroids. I plant them horizontally with
the growing point facing upwards.
I have had this species for a number of years and they seem
to do better some years than others and the one time they bloomed-
multiple flowers - the smell varied from hour to hour and person to
person. At its worst it was pretty awful.
Of course in my climate, they are pot grown and winter in a
cool frost free greenhouse.
One time I had some extra smaller tubers and thought I'd try
planting them in the garden in some high and dry spots. All failed -
or so I thought. Two years ago I was astonished to find a couple
small whispy leaves growing next to a dry log in the hottest driest
part of the garden. They have returned since, but do not seem even
vaguely large enough to flower. This year we have gone down to -5 F,
so let's see what returns.
The fact that they even persist in my climate - Zone 5/6 and
have been subjected to temps of 0 F for extended periods should
suggest that they be tried in Zone 6 (Steve Marek, have you tried
This plant always seems hard to find in commerce, but I
recommend Telos Rare Bulbs. (telosrarebulbs.com). The proprietor
Diana Chapman should be contacted for availability at
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Zone 5 Record low -23F
Summer 100F +
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