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Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

  • Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter
  • From: "D.J. Leedy" <djleedy@netex.quik.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 23:42:08 -0500 (CDT)

Although Aroidl is wonderful, I think there is still need for a newsletter.
Not everyone is comfortable with a computer or wants to spend a lot of time
looking at the CRT.  There are some basics that could be covered in a
newsletter much better than in Aroidl.  However, once covered in the
newsletter, these could become the subjects of comments and contrary ideas
expressed on Aroidl.  While some of these may be appropriate for Aroideana,
usual horticultural pieces in this journal are based upon someone's
experience trying to do something and not instructive "how tos," as might be
found in the newsletter.  The newsletter is often the only contact with
fellow aroid enthusiasts and, if not on Aroidl or within driving distance of
the monthly meeting in Miami, a place to get ideas and compare notes.

I edited the newsletter for a while in the late 1970's or early 1980's.  I
tried to include one or more major topics, any correspondence, anything
noteworthy happening in the Aroid World (i.e. the anthurium hybridization
programs in Hawaii or the A. titanium meristem experiments at the Palmgarten
in Frankfurt), if these were not to be covered in Aroideana, a list of
publications and how to get them, and a schedule of major horticultural and
botany events around the world. .  I actually plagiarized many articles from
other publications as well as from the newsletter of the Australian Aroid
Society written by David Burnett and, after 20 some odd years of
newsletters, it would probably be OK to go back and rewrite articles that
have appeared before.

Below, I have listed some major topics, that might be more appropriate for a
newsletter than for either Aroidl or Aroideana:

1. Types of fungus, which cause rot in aroids and remedies.
2. Fertilizers and plant foods for aroids.
3. How to get rid of insects and other monsters in aroids.
4. Temperature and humidity requirements for aroids.  How to create these
5. Building a "dream" greenhouse for aroids.
6. Types of potting mixtures used for aroids.
7. Cross pollination and hybridization aroids.
8. Vegetative propagation of aroids.
9. Lighting requirements for aroids.
10. Harvesting and planting aroid seed.
11. What makes an aroid species a species instead of a natural variation or
a natural hybrid?
12. Use of Latin names for aroids?  Does anyone remember my poem of "How I
Hate the Ates?"  (ovate, lanceolate, hastate, undulate, peltate etc.)
13. What makes an aroid genus a genus and why is an inter-generic aroid
hybrid impossible, or is it (in layman's terms)?
14. Separate articles on each of the aroid genera done in layman's terms (as
much as possible) listing the keys and the known species.
15. The aroid floral structure and the functions of the various parts.  To
this day I remember Craig Phillip's explanation of the holes in the leaf of
a monstera - "to beat the insects to it."
16. Differences in symbiotic, epiphytic, and parasitic relationships and
where do aroids fit in this scheme?
17. Plant containers, totems, baskets, etc. and their relative merit for
growing aroids.
18. How to ship aroid cuttings, seeds, and bulbs.  What are the governmental
19. Review of aroid displays in public arboretums, tropical gardens, and
glass houses.
20. Review of aroid displays in private collections.
21. Descriptions of trips to collect aroids in their natural habitat, if not
covered in Aroideana.  In their unnatural habitats (i.e. the Asian markets
in London) if legal.
22. Description of Retail and Mail Order places where aroids can be obtained
(feature a different place each issue).

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Boyce <boyce@pothos.demon.co.uk>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2001 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: Neil Carroll's last IAS Newsletter

> Betsy
> Your email rather gives the impression that you think Aroideana is simply
> vox pop. for the few 'scientists' who happen to belong to the IAS and that
> the Newsletter is the for the real hard-core aroid folks who 'love their
> plants' but whose writings and views are only worth putting into an
> ephemeral publication. I think that does these folks a grave injustice.
> The fact of the matter is that if all Aroideana is viewed as is a
> journal that, like so many others, is flicked through once and then
> consigned to a shelf then there is something seriously wrong with the
> Journal. Check out 'Palms' (aka Principes), no less scientific and erudite
> than Aroideana but with a good selection of 'amateur'; stuff, and ask
> yourself if that's not where Aroideana should be aiming.
> Pete

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