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Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project
  • From: "Timothy S. Chapman" lists@gingerwoodnursery.com
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 13:02:09 -0600

I'm not sure about the "Pink Fantasy" as I haven't seen that, I do know 
that "Thai Beauty" was a name given by Stokes Tropicals to thai 
hybrid "Honglong."  Honglong is said to be old style, which I assume 
means its one of the earlier hybrids.  It or its parents are definitely 
involved in several hybrids, and absent in many others.  The variations 
in the thai caladiums is amazing.  Once the gallery is done it will 
include some examples of all of the different types.

The history of these is interesting and I've suggested as much of the 
history of both the introduction and breeding of the plants and the 
people involved.  

As far as their care and culture, ...well that seems to vary as much as 
the leaf types.  Some seem as easy as the florida types, others are a 
pain.  Since there does seem to be a true interest in making these 
commercially available from thailand I've suggested that they focus on 
a few at a time, using the best selections (ie. plants that will do 
well here).  The tuber size is an issue, don't know how much of it is 
due to the actual variety and how much of it just that that is the size 
they had to sell.  The "honglong" were actually the largest, really 
good size tubers.

I'm pretty sure the author is willing to include anything information 
wise that would be wanted, so I'll pass on these suggestions with my 
already long list of suggestions.  If she does them all it should be a 
very useful book.

I shall go look at paul's site now.  It might be worth mentioning that 
some wild species shots would be a good addition to the book, and if 
someone wanted their photos to be used I'll see if that is a 
possibility.  I don't think they would be able to pay for photos, but 
free copies of the book might work????

Tim C.

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