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  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 14:48:49 -0500 (CDT)

Hi Rand!

Are you THE major tissue culture fellah?  If you are, you got over 21 US
cultivars I need to buy?  Say "Yes"..........PLEASE!

Small, and 25 years old?  Rather old, that's an understatement surely?    25
years...one plant becomes thousands and thousands usually.   Is yours
plastic and you didn't realise?

Yellowing?  I can only guess wildly.   Is it pot bound and needing root
systems divided?   Has it dried out sometimes so that the flesh can't
re-constitute and the rot sets in, doubtful.   Spaths should NEVER have
direct sunlight.  South West window, my God!  If I was a Spath cat
particularly if I was old and my roots were constipated and blackened with
trying to survive your catfood, I'd scream "let me out of this pot", and
when I've spread myself about I'd like a good very dilute feed with trace
elements between total submersion, only every two weeks mind you, with NOT
TOO HIGH nitrogen please.   Move me back into shade else I'll play dead or
sceam.  Actually maybe I'm just hypochondriac and not sick even after 25
years in solitary confinement but I'll yellow a few leaves to shock him.
And I'll flower and fumigate him with my scent so he still wants me and
doesn't throw me out.   Perhaps he'll email Ron and tell him my name but
maybe he doesn't know that?   I do hope he splits me up so there'll be a lot
of children and I hope one of 'em will go to Ireland as its good there and
I'll have millions of European grandchildren.  Put my little one's roots in
sphagnum and foil, wrap him in todays newspaper and cosset in polythene film
from the supermarket. (Have you seen the new upstart Spaths there,
shocking!).  Then put him in a cardboard box and whizz him at the speed of
light to Erin.  Wow!    Or I could tell him to send a leaf or two in a
plastic bag to Unkl Ron and I'll know whether anything is really wrong.
I'm not old, I need to be great grandchildren that's all.  Oh God I hope he
does something soon.   TWENTY FIVE YEARS in prison and I'm innocent!  My pot
bottom isn't even in water and if he did that now the ALL the roots would go
black and I'd crock.  Don't he realise I'm immortal and that all my roots
should be wet, warm, white with plenty of room.   And please keep me out of
the sun or bright light or give me double thick Mafia sunglasses.  I might
need a bit of Magnesium or decent trace element supplement especially at my
age but don't do anything until I'm out of this pot.   But when I'm so
constipated after 25 years blooming mad for him he complains without helping
me properly.  Shocking, shocking!   I wouldn't be like this in Fairchild or

Sorry Randy I don't know for sure but send a snippet safely and I might!  Do
you have CERES or "Mini" or ANY other "common commercial" Spaths in your
local supermarkets or plant emporia?  They are as rare as hens teeth over

Serious chuckles


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rand Nicholson" <writserv@nbnet.nb.ca>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2001 11:11 PM

| Hi Ron:
| >
| You wrote:
| >Spathiphyllum and other aroids, Marantaceae and so many other genera and
| >species are stenothermal
| (snip)
| >They thrive only in shade not much higher than 25% and commonly less
| >than 10% of sunlight.
| (snip)
| >It is
| >interesting to observe the unfavourable paling of leaves of Spathiphyllum
| >grown in presumably shaded greenhouses in May to those even in February.
| >Observations of Peace Lilies and other "good" house plants in equitable
| >homes suggest they thrive in astonishingly deeper shade than those
| >recommended by greenhouse producers of un-naturally forced cultivars".
| >
| Will you elaborate upon this phenomenon of "leaf paling", please. I
| have a small, rather old (25 + yrs) Spathiphyllum that has recently
| exhibited this "paling" effect. It had been moved to under a
| south-west window where it receives very little direct sun, perhaps a
| couple of hours, per day. It usually blooms foolishly year long,
| giving off a delightful cinnamon scent from its white spathes. It
| seems to bloom less with the move.
| Kind Regards,
| Rand Nicholson
| (Who had two A. konjacs bloom in succession in his living room
| because they broke dormancy early before they could be planted
| outside in Maritime Canada, East Coast. Friends and relatives were
| not delighted when they made a close inspection of the blooms, which
| all agreed were beautiful from a distance, if unusual and, somehow,
| slightly disturbing.)

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