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Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit
  • From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington@comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 18:04:06 -0700
  • Thread-index: AcefMcH6AKBfrwslEdyXwQADk1EDeA==
  • Thread-topic: [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit

Thanks, Julius!
    I always thought this was a tricky species too, until I just started
chunking the babies in my garden and ignoring them. Then they took off and
now I have some really big plants in odd corners of the garden. I may
seriously regret planting so many if they all start blooming at once!
    I have grown Dracunculus and various Arums here for years, and they
open-pollinate quite freely, so we seem to have a good cohort of carrion
insects. I see many big hairy beetles and metallic flies all over my freshly
opened Dracunculus blooms.
    I am going to collect the seeds once the fruits ripen, and would be
happy to share them with anyone who would like to give them a shot. They do
deserve good homes!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

C.J. Addington
Central California
Zone 9a

On 05/24/2007 16:00, "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com> wrote:

>> From :  C. J. Addington <cjaddington@comcast.net>
> Reply-To :  Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Sent :  Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:08 AM
> To :  Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Subject :  [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit
> Dear CJ,
> Thanks for sharing your good fortune and photos with all of us on aroid-L.
> Nice job of growing this sometimes difficult species, and having the good
> fortune that the pollinators (probably blow-flies) are around your parts!
> I used to have this plant here in S. Florida, it did survive, but barely.
> I came out of dormancy and grew leaves in Winter/Spring here in the hot
> South, and went dormant around May-June when it became too hot.   It never
> bloomed for me.
> I hope that others who live in an appropiate zone/area write to you and that
> you can trade off some of the seeds, it is a plant worthy of being kept in
> cultivation!
> The Best,
> Julius
>>> 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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