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Re: [Aroid-l] black Anthurium

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] black Anthurium
  • From: geoffaroid@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 04:29:01 -0400

Thanks to all who replied re. Anthurium cabrerense, it gives me a much better idea of how to try growing this species. I think I have kept it too hot and I will certainly try the sphagnum moss around the stem technique. Its such a beautiful species and I would really like to succeed with it!

Best wishes,

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Levin <levin@pixar.com>
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 08:45:18 -0700
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] black Anthurium

Dear Geoffrey et al, 
From what little I know, the secret to growing Anth. cabrerense with relative ease 
involves relocating to either the Columbian highlands or to San Francisco... 
In the case of SF, A. cabrerense (as well as other Ecuagenera material) grows quite 
well outdoors- enjoying our virtually constant cool, moist clime which is beset by frequent 
air movement (as a result of the fog and marine influence). Temps here are pretty much 
band-limited, ranging between 10º C / 20º C much of the year. Of note, the light is also 
tempered in intensity as it filters through fog much of the time. Not sure if these represent 
ideal conditions per se, but most of the local growers I know do well by this species. 
I should mention that even here some winter protection must be made available, though 
it hasn't been necessary to employ it the last few seasons. 
As to growing medium... I use a very open single-inventory mix for most of my aroids: 
small graded charcoal, pumice & a good quality shredded sphagnum. I've also seen 
A. cabrerense growing very well in nothing but long-fibered sphagnum (Walter Teague). 
As a "control" of sorts, I lost my first A. cabrerense plant (many years ago) by ignorantly 
cultivating it in my heated greenhouse, where it languished and slowly declined. At the 
time, it seemed utterly incongruous that a rare/ exotic Anthurium could actually survive, 
let alone thrive outdoors in the garden amongst the sequoia, gunnera and lapegeria. 
On Jul 13, 2005, at 4:29 PM, Aroideae@aol.com wrote: 

> hi geoff---it's actually A cabrerense, and old Engler species.  i > believe though that it's known only from Colombia.  i've had no luck > growing it.  someone else will have to help you with that.  i know > that a number of people grow it very well. there's little doubt about > it's identity. there are some plants floating around that have been > tagged 'the black anthurium', but these turn out to be A > watermaliense.  
> lynn 
> Hi all, 
> Does anyone have any more information about the mysterious Black > Anthurium from Ecuador? I know this topic was discussed a long time > ago and I think that someone (Lynn Hannon?) suggested a species called > A. crebrerense (I think thats the spelling). I was sure this name was > on the species list on the aroid website but on looking again it seems > to have vanished. Has its identity been confirmed or is it perhaps an > undescribed species? It is such a large and dramatic species > (Ecuagenera Orchids sell them at most shows when they exhibit here in > the UK). Any update would be welcome, also any tips on growing it > would be great, since it seems a rather fussy species. 

> Best wishes, 
> Geoffrey Kibby 
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