Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project
- From: "Julius Boos" email@example.com
- Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 18:51:37 -0500
- Seal-send-time: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 18:51:41 -0500
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From: Timothy S. Chapman
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2004 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project
The 'Pink Fantasy' used to be/is grown by the Bates family in Lake Placid, Cen. Florida, I got some tubers YEARS ago, I had it here for a long time, and IF there is any difference between it and the Thai 'Honglong'/Thai Beauty' there were way too subtle for me to detect. I felt rather cheated when I finally saw 'Thai Beauty'.
I do hope the potential author takes note of your comments, I`d love to buy a really useful book on these Caladiums, but would not spend my $$ on a book w/ just photos of 'pretty-prettys'.
I`d be interested in hearing what you think of Dr. Resslar`s site, the selection of wild-collected 'natural' Caladium species is exceptional, and perhaps you can ask him if he would be willing to let a few photos be used in the proposed book.
Tuber size seems a big issue, as I mentioned some friends have had no success here in Florida with BEAUTIFUL Caladiums purchased in Thailand over an extended period, when they 'go down', no tuber, so the plant is dead. My belief is that this may be caused by the extreme color of some of the Thai hybrids with little or no green, 'energy/food-producing' areas to their leaves, but have no proof of this.
Keep us informed on any progress and good luck,
>>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
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????
Timothy Chapman - firstname.lastname@example.org
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