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Re: Zantedeschia - warm and wet

  • Subject: Re: Zantedeschia - warm and wet
  • From: "Celeste Whitlow" <politicalamazon@charter.net>
  • Date: Sun, 5 May 2002 00:20:03 -0500 (CDT)

I don't know if this is an issue in this instance, but from what I have
read, Australian soil is much lower in phosphorus than, for instance, the
Americas.  In fact, when we in the U.S. try to grow some of the Australian
natives, we have to be very careful not to give it any phosphorus whatsoever
and hope that our soil in our area is not too heavy in phosphorus (the
Proteus  family seems to be the most sensitive).

Of course, if you are growing it in a pot (unless you are using field soil
as part of your media mix), it's a moot point...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arno King" <arnoking@yahoo.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2002 7:33 AM
Subject: Re: Zantedeschia - warm and wet

> Hello Julius
> I grow Zantedeschia in my pond here in Brisbane which
> I understand has a climate that is close to that of
> the southern tip of Florida. I grow my plant in a pond
> along with Typhonodorum, Colocasia and Lasia.
> While the plant grows, it has nothing like the vigour
> and size of plants from southern climates which it
> much prefers. It appears to me that it is a warm
> temperate plant and the sub tropics, particularly
> summer rainfall and humidity are not ideal. I have
> only seen it once being grown north of South-east
> Queensland (where Brisbane is located) and this was on
> the Atherton Tablelands above Cairns (far north
> Queensland), an area which which has a similar climate
> to ours.
> If you drive up to Toowoomba (2.5 hours from Brisbane
> and at a higher altitude with cold winters ), the
> plants look very different, the are bigger (1.5 metres
> in height as opposed to 500mm), lusher and flower more
> profusely. In the southern, moister parts of Australa
> the plant naturalises readily and is regarded as a
> weed in some states. It certainly does not do that
> here.
> Many people have compained about having difficulty
> with this plant in Brisbane. It seems to me that all
> people who grow it with some form of success grow it
> in a pot in the pond and give it semi-shade.
> I regard my plant as a novelty for this area.
> Arno King
> --- Julius Boos <ju-bo@msn.com> wrote:
> > Dear Folks,
> >
> > I am loking to aquire/buy a few doramnt tubers of
> > Zantedeschia aethopica (or any large, white spathed
> > clone) for a friend here in S. Florida who wants to
> > grow it 'wet'.   Does anyone know the warmth/cold
> > requirements of this genus???   Is there a species
> > or clone that will grow eell wet and warm??
> >
> > I look forward to your replys!
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Julius
> >
> =====
> Arno
> arnoking@yahoo.com
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