Re: Aroid-L Digest, Vol 133, Issue 1 / Anthurium scherzerianum
- Subject: Re: Aroid-L Digest, Vol 133, Issue 1 / Anthurium scherzerianum
- From: Tom Croat <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
- Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:21:59 +0000
I gather you got no positive responses to your request for material of that species? Certainly I will remember this request if I return to Costa Rica. I have actually not
seen it for years.
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Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid-L Digest, Vol 133, Issue 1 / Anthurium scherzerianum
Thank you for your offer to let me know should you encounter material of Anthurium scherzerianum. Like I wrote in my introduction to the list, this species used to be a pretty common houseplant in The Netherlands till sometime around the
eighties, for which even special pine needle based composts could be bought. That it is no longer available in the general trade no doubt is due to the fact that at least in The Netherlands the horticultural industry has completely switched away from botanical
species, and now focuses on the mass production of standardised and probably far more productive hybrid material - plants which have become so cheap that they are often tossed away once they have finished flowering. However, that a showy species like A. scherzerianum
is also completely missing from private and research collections (which also seems to be true for Europe) I still find amazing. This species may probably have never been widely available in the US, and this for reasons of the hot summer weather you mention.
The big difference of course is that my country is at much higher latitude than most of the US (my hometown Heerenveen is approximately at the same latitude as Edmonton in the Canadian province of Alberta) and our sea climate is much less extreme than the
continental climate of most of the US. I am therefore pretty confident that I'd be able to succeed in growing this species, especially so since I don't have any problems either with a number of plants that I bought from Ecuagenera as Anthurium cabrerense (but
which may actually be A. caramantae), a species that comes from higher altitudes than A. scherzerianum.
Heerenveen, The Netherlands / EU
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