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Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit
  • From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington@comcast.net>
  • Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 16:45:51 -0700
  • Thread-index: AceeXakg54gicQpQEdyQkgADk1EDeA==
  • Thread-topic: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit

Hello Peter!
    Oddly enough, my most successful Helicodiceros are the ones that I pay
the least attention to. The ones that I slave over hardly ever do very well,
but the ones in the ground seem to thrive.
    I plant offset corms in my native heavy clay soil amended with a little
woody potting soil. I find the best plants are the ones planted on the South
sides of tree trunks - lots of winter sun, then shade in the spring and
early summer. They get drenched in our winter rainy season, then get normal
garden water with a sprinkler about weekly after that. I try to let them go
a bit dry during the summer dormancy period, but otherwise I don't fret over
them too much.
    I live just outside of Sacramento, California ( zone 9a ) and it appears
that my zone is very similar to the Balearic Islands where these guys
originate. I planted a bunch of babies all over the garden, and have been
shocked by how well they naturalized! I may regret planting so many . . .
    Hope that helps - have a great day!


On 05/23/2007 13:21, "Baumfarn Webmaster" <webmaster@baumfarn.at> wrote:

> Hi C.J.,
> wonderfull pictures.
> How is the cultivation environment, especially for those which bloomed?
> Soiltype, light (full-sun, partial sun, shade) and watering?
> thanks
> Peter
> C. J. Addington wrote:
>> Hello Aroiders!
>>    Due to a hectic academic life lately, I have mostly been a silent lurker
>> on this board - reading a lot but adding little. But I have had a cool event
>> happen in my yard that I thought I would share . . .
>>    The last few years I have been planting Helicodiceros offsets in various
>> parts of my California garden, and they have slowly started blooming in
>> early May.This year I had one of my blooms get pollinated naturally - no
>> scalpel, no paintbrush, no frozen pollen - and set a nice cluster of fruits
>> all on its own. I have never seen a Helicodiceros fruit cluster before, and
>> figured that few people have either, so here it is!
>>    If you click on this Flickr photo link, you can see the fruit cluster:
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/california_aroids/sets/72157600242205488/
>>    I am working on getting more of my photos online as well - I had some
>> nice Arum, Dracunculus and Biarum blooms this spring.
>>    Have a great week All!
>> Cheers, C.J. Addington
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