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Re: sources.......variegated M.deliciosa?

  • Subject: Re: sources.......variegated M.deliciosa?
  • From: The Silent Seed <santoury@aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:04:09 -0500 (EST)

I have variegated Monstera for anyone who wants to trade.
Thanks, Jude

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-----Original Message-----
From: hermine <hermine@endangeredspecies.com>
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 2:44 pm
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] sources.......variegated M.deliciosa?

At 03:29 AM 2/4/2012, Kyle Baker wrote:
>well the latest thing to cross my feebler mind is a need to grow 
>variegated philo's and the elusive Monstera deliciosa is one that 
>has teased me in both waking and unconscious thought...I've 
>searched....e-bay $45 for god knows what...glasshouseworks 
>$200...and I never was impressed with them..

When I was a child folks grew these things in their Brooklyn 
apartments, which were steam heated and did not have all that much 
light. these plants came from nurseries in nearby New Jersey like 
Roehrs and Mandas, and were sold in five and dime stores and local 
florist shops and some of them persisted for YEARS  in a charming 
juvenile state. Paul Hutchinson of Tropic World told me it was not 
worth his time to grow variegate Monstera because folks were always 
giving it to each other. I notice on eBay a great deal of 
advantage-taking of people who do not live where some plants can be 
bought locally for chump change, well, they are being offered for 
humongous sums of money, and as a one time mail order rare plant 
seller, it maketh my blood to boil.

ALSO i want to mention that even here in California where i have 
greenhouses, i have some favourite plants in the almost windowless 
kitchen, under a squiggly screw-in fluorescent light, because I WANT 
TO SEE THEM and they do just fine.

what are the hard-to-get plants being discussed here? I mean, if 
possible I can get them at the local Home Depot and mail them to you. 
Our local Home Depot is very rich in some plants which by mail order 
are exceedingly costly. one wonders from what magic source they come. 
and sometimes, one knows.


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