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Re: [aroid-l] Germinating titanium seeds

I'm trying the 1:1 mix of sphagnum and perlite suggested by Peter Boyce as
one possibility in an earlier thread.  I put my hewitii seed in this and
once I added bottom heat I've got 7-out-of-10 now up.  Hopefully the titanum
will appreciate a similar treatment.  Once they germinate I know that Phipps
Conservatory here in Pittsburgh, PA grows there titanum (about 6-8 of them)
in a 1:1 mix of turface and small pine bark so I thought I'd give that a
try.  If any of the experts here think that is a bad idea I'd happily change
some of the seedlings to a different mix.  As always, thanks for any advice
in advance.  Hopefully in the next couple of years the Phipps titanum will
be making the news with some blooms!!

Dan Devor
Pittsburgh, PA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Neil Gordon" <neil@ng23.abelgratis.co.uk>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 6:17 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Germinating titanium seeds

> On 23 Jun 2004, at 01:11, Mitch . wrote:
> > I just got my seeds in the mail and they are HUGE.  Even after looking
> > at pictures of them for years I was not prepared for just how enormous
> > these things are.
> > Now can someone let a novice like me know the best way to germinate
> > them and care for them?  I've read they germinate easily but are
> > difficult to care for untill they get some size.
> > Mitch
> >
> Ive got mine in a soil
> " recommended compost mix (as used at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) is
> 2 parts loam
> 2 parts coir
> 1 part grit
> 2 parts fine bark
> 2 parts medium bark
> 2 parts perlite or vermiculite.
>   This is a very free draining mix so be prepared to feed at least twice
> a week with a balanced fertilizer (we strongly recommend Miracle Gro).
> Decrease watering and feeding during autumn and keep barely moist in
> frost free conditions over winter. Look for signs of growth (usually
> late spring to early summer) and gradually increase watering."
> planted in 6" pots with plastic bags over them, and i plug the
> propogator in in the eves at the moment, its been a bit colder here in
> UK the last few nights!
> Both my hewitti seeds germinated happily in this.
> The soil info was taken from this page
> http://www.urbanjungle.uk.com/amorphophallus.asp?link=cat
> Neil

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