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Re: aroid recommendations

  • Subject: Re: aroid recommendations
  • From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973@wp.pl>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 22:27:23 +0100

I think Pistia stratiotes is not representative as a typical blooming aroid, its lnflorescences are highly reduced.
Typhonium, Dracunculus and other "coloured" tuberous aroids are insufficient to grow indoors. They require a lot of light. I grew a few years ago an Arisaema amurense - http://www.wschowa.com/abrimaal/araceum/arisaema/arisaema1.htm at home without additional lighting, just on the window and it bloomed normally. The easiest Arisaema I think is A. flavum but it needs to spend a winter in a cold place.
I don't recommend Spathiphyllum if you are a botanist. All plants sold in the shops are cultivars.
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Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 11:40 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] aroid recommendations


I am a lab tech at Queens College, and one of the labs I look after is the Botany lab.  In this lab, I grow Anthurium gracile which is a constant bloomer with lots of red seed production.  A nice show.  I have also started getting some blooms of A. scandens.<--Spelling.  This species is supposed to be a nice bloomer too with nicer fruit. 
I also have a species formerly known as Typhonium varians, which I have heard has a new name.  I got it from T&C Terrariums online.
I do have one question for you.  Do you supply any arteficial lighting, and if so, where does your college get them from. I am trying to retrofit the lab here with some nicer lights than your average T8's.
Also, I am experimenting with growing some jack in the pulpits indoors.  So far I have succeeded with attaining a second year growth.  However, both the Typonium and this one would be Spring bloomers.

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