Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?
- From: Aroideae@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 22:42:54 EST
you're very lucky to have these plants! Chlorospatha occurs from sea
level to 3000 m, many in cloud forest. they don't go dormant and require
constant moisture at the roots, high humidoty and shady conditions with good air
circulation. i don't know where you're located, but you might not be able to grow
them without considerable modification of the environment. i've grown them
for many years and keep them in the greenhouse, under ca. 80% shade, 60--90 deg
F, in well-drained medium of either all sphagnum moss or a mixture of
peat-based potting mix cut by half with coarse perlite and some orchid mix. C.
mirabilis occurs at low elevation, 0--150 m usually, and is a strong grower, so
that's a good choice. i don't know what C. "china" is. didn't know there were
any cultivars. do you know the 'parent'? C. mirabilis grows 'erect', so you
can bury the stem, but most Chlorospatha grow with the stem running along the
soil surface and they'll rot off if you bury the stems. they don't like the
cold and don't like heat.
Can anyone give me any recommendations on growing Chlorospatha? In
particular C. mirabilis and C. "china". Are these seasonally dormant aroids
they considered to be evergreen? I understand they are from Humid areas of
Western South America, but are they high altitude cloud forest plants or are
from lower elevations areas where temps are normally alot higher? Thanks for
any help in advance.
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