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Re: A. titanum, organically

  • Subject: Re: A. titanum, organically
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:30:26 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Jared,


Thank you for the link.  It will take some time for me to digest all of that, but new knowledge is a good thing.  Please keep us informed on your successes and failures with these techniques. 



--- On Mon, 3/9/09, Jared R. McKinley <jaredr.mckinley@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Jared R. McKinley <jaredr.mckinley@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A. titanum, organically
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Date: Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:52 AM
> I raise spores of specific mycorrhizae, and keep my compost
> as aerobic and
> fungal as possible to raise all the native beneficial fungi
> I can (same with
> the beneficial bacteria, nematodes, and
> microarthropods--feeding it lots of
> fungal foods like kelp, fish emulsion, and keeping it on
> the woody side). I
> use the microscope to monitor my compost, and tea
> inoculants). EM is mostly
> some interesting facultative anaerobic microbes that are
> raised on cabbage
> in Japan. I find their product to be inconsistent (I
> monitored the product
> myself through the microscope). It is an ok food even if
> the microbes are
> dormant or dead. If you have not already done so, a good
> starting place is
> here: http://www.soilfoodweb.com/ Elaine Ingham teaches
> VERY interesting
> courses on making good quality compost and compost tea. I
> don't agree with
> EVERYTHING she says. But I agree with her more than anyone
> else out there.
> Her background is in microbiology and she works directly
> with a very diverse
> group of people (everyone from agriculture outfits, to
> nurseries, to compost
> companies, landscapers, home gardeners, botanical gardens,
> etc.). The books
> available on their website are great.
> jared
> >
> > Dear Jared,
> >
> > Aloha.
> >
> > Others on this forum can advise you on Amorphophallus.
> >
> > I utilize organic growing methods although all the new
> nursery stock I buy
> > has been grown in a conventional way.  I am a firm
> believer in vermiculture
> > and my composting worms produce great castings and
> compost tea.  I also have
> > large compost piles and I have used a product called
> E-M or effective
> > microorganisms.  It is still a mystery to me exactly
> how it works, but it
> > has shown promise in my garden. I use it only
> sporadically at any rate.
> >  Other than that, I do not use heroic methods to grow
> my plants.  I do not
> > have a big pest problem and I only spot treat things
> with an organic orange
> > solvent if I need to.  Julius told me to use well
> rotted cow manure on my
> > plants and I can attest to the effectiveness of dung.
> I have also used horse
> > manure with good results.  I only spot fertilize as
> well.  I like to grow my
> > plants slow and tough...they can resist pests in a
> better fashion.
> >
> > In potted plants, I use coconut chunks with great
> results.  However, the
> > shredded coir product has not performed well...it
> decomposes too quickly in
> > my humidity and plants can suffer.
> >
> > Can you elaborate on the fungal based techniques you
> use?
> >
> > By the way...your Anthurium looks most like Anthurium
> andicola from
> > Veracruz, Mexico.
> >
> > Aloha,
> >
> > Leland
> >
> >
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