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Re: Aroids growing better in water?

  • Subject: Re: Aroids growing better in water?
  • From: "Plantsman" <plantsman@prodigy.net>
  • Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 14:57:53 -0500 (CDT)

My mother kept rooted cuttings of Philodendron oxycardium for many
years growing in nothing but water with an occasional addition of
liquid fertilizer.  She simply made the cutting and immersed the
base couple of nodes in jars of water and left them.  They usually
rooted readily and made very long vines.  I don't know what would
happen if you took an already terrestrially rooted plant and put it
in water.

David Sizemore
Kingsport, TN (zone 6)
Where the Arum italicum are just about finished flowering

----- Original Message -----
From: <Alektra@aol.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: Aroids growing better in water?

: 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
: inundation to avoid drowning? >>
: Ron--
: 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
: (As you have noticed, some species don't care either way; but most
: Instead of attempting to submerge a plant, have you tried
propagating a
: specimen of the species in water?

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