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Re: aroids for teaching/Anthuriums

  • Subject: Re: aroids for teaching/Anthuriums
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:50:06 +0000

Dear Carol,

And thanks to my friend Derek and others for reminding us of the obvious!   Talk about me not seeing the woods for the trees!  Anthuriums, the hybrid kind like the "Lady Jane" series would be one of THE easiest to obtain (K-Mart, Home Depot-type stores), and would be easy to grow, of the correct size, and ALMOST ever-blooming!  They occur in several different colored blooms, from purple to scarlet to white, MANY booms as Derek points out!  
I sometimes have to visit a VERY large Hotel on Palm beach, and these Anthurums are used extensively as cover around the bases of their huge potted plants.   To see the kids (and many adults!, obviously Northerners) stop, stare and giggle at the suggestivly phalic but BEAUTIFUL blooms always brings cheer to my old heart.   I`d ''complement'' the collection with a couple of Spathiphyllum floribundums just for the variety and  ''change'', but then again that`s just me.   Anything else would be gravy, like the Spathicarpas kindly offered by my friend Don and others!

The Best,


> From: dburch23@bellsouth.net
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 17:53:33 -0500
> Subject: [Aroid-l] aroids for teaching
> Carol, I wonder if you may be making this too difficult for yourself. There
> are some very common things - cultivars for the most part but a few species
> are available -which fit your size requirement and free-blooming need, and
> are easy to grow (that is why they have become common).
> There is no point going for "rare". The students will not learn anything
> more from a plant scarcely known to science than they will from my
> suggestions: the new more dwarf anthuriums sold as flowering pot plants, and
> Spathiphyllum. The anthuriums in particular are almost ever-blooming, and
> are so floriferous that several classes can tear each up an inflorescence
> without you grieving over the end of a flowering cycle. If you want to make
> an interesting comparison, grow some Spathicarpa, and there is a sure-fire
> way to get them speculating about what bits are comparable and what are not.
> I'm sure that you will get some other great ideas from real aroiders, but I
> taught taxonomy for so long that I tend to shy away from fancy and go for
> what is sure to work.
> Regards, Derek
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
> On Behalf Of Carol McCarthy
> Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 2:51 PM
> To: Discussion of aroids
> Subject: [Aroid-l] aroid recommendations
> Hello Good People,
> I work at a university greenhouse that supports, among other things,
> the teaching of a plant taxonomy class. Can you please recommend some
> species in the Araceae family that I could grow for the class?
> Requirements: 1) Tropical or subtropical, a year round greenhouse grower.
> 2) Can be kept to about a 6 inch pot size or smaller and be a blooming size
> plant. 3) Ideally the plant would bloom fairly often or could be convinced
> to bloom around the second half of September in a greenhouse in the USA,
> West Virginia. 4) flower structure, fairly typical spathe and spadix.
> I have lurked on this list a while so I am somewhat familiar with the
> family. I can supply dry and or cool resting periods or extra heat and or
> light to encourage the plant at the needed time of the year. I would prefer
> a true species but an example is much better than no example. Between this
> greenhouse and another on campus we have several examples of species in the
> family but they are mostly philodendrons and Dieffenbachia that either don't
> bloom very often or only bloom when they are larger plants than we are
> usually able to accommodate.
> If you suggest something out of the ordinary, which I personally would
> prefer, please include some hints on where to obtain plants.
> Feel free to reply publicly or privately.
> Thanks for any help on this.
> Carol McCarthy
> carol.mccarthy@mail.wvu.edu
> West Virginia University - Dept. of Biology
> Greenhouse Manager
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