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Re: aquatic spathiphyllum

  • Subject: Re: aquatic spathiphyllum
  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 23:02:37 -0500 (CDT)

There was an error in my message.  It should have read "I have so far failed
to grow Spaths EMERSED".   I have no cultural need or wish to grow them
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 2:25 AM
Subject: Re: aquatic spathiphyllum

Thank you Kathy.   Hopefully each public & private bit of information coming
in will make up a meaningful bigger picture.  I hope to find out why in
Ireland (but not in UK) I have so far failed to grow Spaths submerged.  I
will report back if I find out

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Kempf" <wont_read101@hotmail.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2002 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: aquatic spathiphyllum

I have grown one of these arrangements for the past 18 months.  Plant is to
be kept "bare root" inside the jar, with roots submerged.  After 18 months,
crown went from a single to 9.  Roots not completely submerged get tough,
but healthy.  Submerged parts of roots are pliant, develop feeder hairs
which are eaten by the beta (fish food must be added to keep fish healthy).

A similar species that is a new acquisition  (since January) is Syngonium
'Neon'.  I was advised to keep it in moist soil in a high humidity.  Being a
devout propagator, I separated the crowns and put them in a variety of
growing situations: as advised, in lower humidity, and growing in a pot that
was 1/3 submerged in water.  The latter proved the favorite: plant developed
multiple crowns, growing luxurious.  Plant in lower humidity has many brown
areas on leaves.  Plant grown as advised not as big or as many new crowns,
but OK.  I am going to attempt it this summer as the spathes (bareroot in

P.S. Petra, it was a (former?) Columbus Ohio woman who developed the kit, so
they were marketed heavily in this area, "native woman makes good".

>From: "Petra Schmidt" <petra@plantdelights.com>
>Reply-To: aroid-l@mobot.org
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
>Subject: aquatic spathiphyllum
>Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 16:58:07 -0500 (CDT)
>Hey Ron...there was a craze here in the USA, well, maybe just the Midwest,
>with spathiphyllum plants being grown in huge glass jars...the kits were
>sold by Walmart and included colored marbles for the jar, a beta fish and a
>spathiphyllum...the roots of the spath grew down into the jar, kept the
>fed and happy and the plant happy...these "arrangements" were seen in
>offices, doctor's offices, bank lobbies, restaurants, and anywhere else you
>could imagine; those who had one, loved them...
>I have seen spaths offered in the water garden areas in garden
>centers/nurseries and have seen them growing pretty much as emergent

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