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Monstera propergation

  • Subject: Monstera propergation
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:41:59 +0000

> Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:56:03 -0700
> From: lbmkjm@yahoo.com
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Monstera question..

Dear Sherry, Leland and Jason,

>From reading about some of the Monstera species, some are almost or actually impossible to root from cuttings.   Craig Phillips, now no longer with us, wrote a note in Aroideana Vol. 12 called "The Thing That Wouldn`t Die (or grow either)''.   It was on the Costa Rican species M. tenuis .  He collected a dozen or so cuttings in sun and shade in Costa Rica, being aware of how difficult they were to root and cultivate.   One of his cuttings, the only ''survivor'', persisted for one and a half years before FINALLY rotting, so none survived or rooted, and he and his dear wife Fannie were ''master growers''.   Craig comments that they grew, with no such problems, 16 other species of Monstera.
I hope this of assistance.

> Dear Sherry,
> Aloha. 
> I do not know much about Monstera species taxonomy...except that there are many species that are deserving of cultivation.  I use Monstera deliciosa in copius amounts in landscaping.  I know nothing of the variegated forms...although I do see many of them. Regarding Monstera pertusa, it is a valid name.  I have seen so-called Dwarf Monstera and an intermediate sized Monstera species...but never in flower.  There are some Raphidophora species that look like dwarf Monstera vegetatively.  Hopefully someone out there can add to this discussion as I am very interested in this subject myself.
> I used to correspond with Craig Phillips on Monstera before he passed away.  Are there other Monstera enthusiasts out there?  I am very interested in growing Monstera punctulata from Panama and Costa Rica. I do not know if others have this problem, but some Monstera are very difficult to root from cuttings.  I suspect Monstera punctulata is one of these.  Craig and I used to discuss this problem...they sit and dry or rot.  This is highly unexpected when you see the vigorous plants...I have tried juvenile and mature stems at multiple times.  I am not the best horticulturist, but I can slice and dice Monstera delisiosa in efforts at eradication and they root.
> Aloha,
> Leland
> --- On Fri, 6/20/08, Sherry Gates <TheTropix@msn.com> wrote:
> > From: Sherry Gates <TheTropix@msn.com>
> > Subject: [Aroid-l] Monstera question..
> > To: "AroidSendMessage" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> > Date: Friday, June 20, 2008, 4:24 AM
> > Hi everyone,
> >   Is the M. deliciosa the large form and the M. pertusa the
> > smaller form? I've seen both names used on both types,
> > whether variegated or not. I've had a couple of people
> > ask me the difference and after looking around, to try to
> > make sure I have accurate information, I ended up uncertain
> > myself. I have the green/white lg. leaf type, the
> > green/yellow lg. leaf type, and the green/white smaller
> > leaf type.  Also, is there a variegation pattern of some
> > sort that could help identify the difference between albo
> > variegata Monstera from the 'Thai Constellation'? 
> >        Thanks for any information you can give,
> >                      Sherry
> >                     
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