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RE: [Aroid-l] Question - A. spectabilis

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Question - A. spectabilis
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@xs4all.nl>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:18:12 +0100
  • Thread-index: AcdZXBSNx8tppQFUR3SNy/tGSnplLQAXTAtw

Right, then forget my answer. Wasted time.

Van: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] Namens Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest
Verzonden: maandag 26 februari 2007 1:07
Aan: Discussion of aroids
Onderwerp: Re: [Aroid-l] Question - A. spectabilis

Obviously, I didn't read the question well!  We just returned from a 4 hour drive and my brain was still on auto-operation!  I read this as Anthurium spectabile!  Sorry about that!
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2007 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Question - A. spectabilis

I can only answer from my own observations.  The plant comes from the rainforests of Panama.  I have exchanged emails with a grower who has a nursery in Panama and as a result of his answers have tried to duplicate the conditions as best possible. 
The plant grows in a high humidity environment as an epiphyte (in trees).  As a result I grow mine in 85% or higher humidity year round.  Mine receives filtered sunlight.  The plant is in a large wooden orchid basket and the roots are packed with humus rich materials and completely covered with sphagnum moss.  The roots have extended beyond the edges of the wooden basket and are now attached to the wood.  The moss is constantly kept moist and the plant is watered daily in the heat of the year, 3 to 4 days a week in the winter.  It has produced 5 new leaves in one year, the longest of which is now over 75cm (30 inches).  When I failed to water it as outlined above in December the plant began to droop and was obviously in need of water.  Ever since, I have maintained the regimen.  As a result the plant is now beginning to add another leaf.  Although I have a large number of anthuriums currently in flower, this one has yet to produce an inflorescence.
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2007 6:36 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Question - A. spectabilis

Anyone know the storage requirements for this species?  Dry or in soil?  Mine's just going down for it's first nap, so that info would be really handy, Thanks.

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