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Re: aroids for teaching

  • Subject: Re: aroids for teaching
  • From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973@wp.pl>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 17:57:49 +0100


Anthurium scandens blooms constantly.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "derek burch" <dburch23@bellsouth.net>
To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:53 PM
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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