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Re: aroid recommendations

  • Subject: Re: aroid recommendations
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 18:05:25 -0600

Dear Carol:

	I would suggest Anthurium scandens and A. gracile.  Both can
grow in small pots, flower a lot and even set fruits parthenocarpically.
For something with unisexual flowers a tough species like Dieffenbachia
seguine flowers in the "rainy" season, usually between July and
November.  Dieffenbachia oerstedii is a bit smaller and might better
suit your needs.


-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Carol McCarthy
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 1:51 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

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

West Virginia University - Dept. of Biology
Greenhouse Manager

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