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RE: [Aroid-l] Taccarum offsets

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Taccarum offsets
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2005 02:30:02 +0000

>From: "Deni Bown" <deni@yaxhampark.co.uk>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Taccarum offsets
>Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 11:11:17 -0000

Dear Friends, (Hi Denni!!)

My friend Bobby grows THE best Taccarums I have ever seen, he just has the majic touch with these plants. His plants bloom every spring, and with hand-pollination produce a LOT of fruit/seeds. His large plants have petioles w/ a wonderful color, nicely thick, colorful and stout. His do produce a few off-sets, but not as many as one would expect. A while ago I wrote a tome about the corms/tubers of this genus. When one of his would get to a really large size, we`d hope that the next year would really be a record year w/ a super-large plant, but the tuber would always divide itself along the mid-line vertically, producing two large tubers w/ a flat side on each! During the dormancy period, these half-tubers would change shape and color, by the end of their dormancy they would be much more rounded, and if exposed to light would be a wonderful jade-green color, like a raw gem stone, truly a dinamic tuber, even when one thought it 'dormant'.
Good growing,

Julius>>Dear Michael,
Taccarum offsets very freely for me. I grow it in pots in a large
>conservatory which is part of our living space so at comfortable temperature
>but relatively low humidity all year round and very warm when the sun
>shines, even in winter. It can be tricky to dry off as the leaves collapse
>quite suddenly as the growing season comes to an end, and if the compost is
>too damp at that point, the tubers rot easily. When the plants have died
>down, I keep the tubers in the pot undisturbed and dry until mid-late Feb,
>and at room temp - above 16C - when I repot them as they are just starting
>to sprout. I treat Synadrospadix the same but it doesn't offset for me.
>It's interesting to hear that your plants do well without a pronounced dry
>season. I imagined Taccarum would need one. Do yours flower?
>Deni Bown
>-----Original Message-----
>From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]
>On Behalf Of Michael Pascall
>Sent: 04 March 2005 05:42
>To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
>Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Taccarum offsets
>I have been wondering if this sp. produces offsets . I have several large
>seedlings from seed that Julius Boos distributed a few years ago , they have
>grown very well here in the tropics .
>But I have not seen any sign of offsets yet . I noticed a few small plants
>around the base of an enormous plant i saw at a garden near Mt Bartle Frere
>Michael Pascall,
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