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Re: More Synandrospadix

  • Subject: Re: More Synandrospadix
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@email.msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 20:18:22 -0500 (CDT)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Levin <levin@pixar.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 9:31 AM
Subject: More Synandrospadix

Thanks for letting us know of your sucess, Dan!   I guess the poor seeds
just sit around in other folk`s pots waiting for the correct amount of
humidity and wetness, etc., and some germinate while others don`t!   This
must be much like in their 'natural' harsh habitat, while your method must
provide the near-to-perfect set of conditions that they must require for

Good growing!


>>I was also fortunate to receive 3 seeds of Synandrospadix vermitoxicus
last November, compliments of the magnanimous Alan Galloway.  Having
recalled some brief comments Julius Boos posted over a year ago on the
germination of this species*, I performed a small experiment:

- All 3 seeds were sown into the same well wetted mix; 1 per 4" (10 cm) pot.
- All 3 pots were placed atop a gro-mat, thermostat set to 80 F / 23 C.
- One pot was covered with an inverted Zip-Loc baggie (not sealed) to
  moisture/humidity, the other 2 were left exposed- their soil kept "barely
- Within 3 weeks, the one covered seed germinated.  No activity in the other
- After development of the first leaf, I re-soaked all 3 pots then
repositioned the
  baggie onto the adjacent (dormant) potted seed.
- Just over 3 weeks later, THAT seed sprouted.
And in case you didn't already guess, I later repeated this procedure one
last time
with the exact same results on the 3rd seed- giving 100% germination.
Notwithstanding Julius' recent comments about delayed germination & survival
strategies (which make perfect sense), I'm nonetheless led to believe this
requires constant moisture and heat in order to germinate.  Perhaps those
lengthy or
otherwise erratic results others have experienced can be traced to local
conditions finally being "right" (warm + moist) for sufficient time to
finally induce
germination.    Or... perhaps my bouncing baggie game was mere coincidence

Next time anyone makes/receives seed of this plant, it would be neat if you
try this for yourself and let us know your results!

Respectfully submitted,
-Dan Levin

* ("Synandrospadix success." April 15, 2000)

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