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Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?
  • From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2004 00:10:23 -0000

Sorry it should read "privileged".   Also "the" not "their" substrate, the
submerged aquatics observed were Ceratopteris & Vallisneria not


----- Original Message -----
From: "ron iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?

> Lynn, just a quickie
> Experimenting with growing Spathiphyllum with entire root systems
> even above petiole bases (!!!) seemingly once they have "water roots" even
> when the compost is malodorous & the water stagnant, the plants still
> thrive.  I have noticed the same in aquariums where their substrate sand
> blackened & presumably oxygen deficient submerged aquatics can remain
> healthy.    I am not suggesting that stagnant water & malodorous compost
> an ideal growing situation only expressing my amazement at the tolerance
> such plants & their dogged persistence & tolerance.    I gave many people
> Spath cultivars in pots & outer buckets filled with water this winter &
> of the plants have died in spite of the fact that some were in nocturnally
> unheated Irish houses in the dead of Winter.   The temperatures must have
> dropped below 55F or even below 50F.  Two years previously my target
> temperatures were above 70F & preferably above 80F, a massive charge on
> heating budgets.   It would be interesting to hear of other aroid genera
> which will grow maybe better in water & how increasingly tolerant they are
> then of otherwise unfavourable environmental factors e.g Spathiphyllum
> cannifolium emersed in water seemingly thrive in full tropic sunlight but
> they dry out completely under such conditions its goodbye plant.   A lot
> fundamental questions for which I needed to seek answers but it is now too
> late.    After another eighteen months, the removal of my Spathiphyllum to
> Nancy & maybe Kew is imminent & had I the time, money, energy I would be
> reluctant to terminate custody of this genus.  But I must give thanks for
> the precious gift of Life with other much greater gifts I was priveleged
> be born with & likewise garnered.  Any person who cares deeply about life
> has an instinctive for how plants feel can be a fine gardener & Genevieve
> Ferry & Kathie King at Kew are prime exemplars for the Collection.
> Ron
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Aroideae@aol.com>
> To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, March 06, 2004 5:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Cultural tips for Chlorospatha?
> > ron---i think it's worth a try.  i think they might well grow in such a
> > 'bog', if the water were kept 'fresh', but the medium breaks down so
> in a pot,
> > when things are grown this way.
> >
> > lynn
> > Wonderful!   Forget the boring lawn Gary & have a BIG pond full of your
> > delightful Spathiphyllum!   The thick leaved species like S. cannifolium
> in
> > water apparently tolerate/thrive in sun but the most graceful thin
> > ones like lottsa shade.  Lynn - I don't know anything about Chlorospatha
> > except from the literature but I sensed it might do well in hydroculture
> > once it had developed "water roots"?
> >
> > Best Wishes
> >
> > Ron
> >

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