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Re: Aroids growing better in water?

  • Subject: Re: Aroids growing better in water?
  • From: Alektra@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 10:47:28 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated 5/29/2 4:07:59 AM, roniles@eircom.net writes:
<< If I submerge most terrestrial aroids suddenly in water would I not expect

them to die?   If like some Spathiphyllum wallisii grown terrestrially they

do not, could it be they have already have "water roots" for possible

inundation to avoid drowning? >>

Yes and yes.

BUT, it is possible to propagate plants so that they grow from the START with 
water roots. A species may not be able to tolerate being pulled out of a dry 
pot and getting drowned; but if propagated so a baby plant grows water roots, 
that species will be able to grow perfectly happy with its roots submerged. 
(As you have noticed, some species don't care either way; but most do.) 
Instead of attempting to submerge a plant, have you tried propagating a 
specimen of the species in water?

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