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Re: Typhonium lindleyanum autumn treatment

  • Subject: Re: Typhonium lindleyanum autumn treatment
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@email.msn.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 10:14:38 -0500 (CDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: <magrysbo@shu.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2001 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: Typhonium lindleyanum autumn treatment

You are welcome, Bonaventure!

Remember to put a layer of larva rock or stone, broken croc or whatever in
the bottom of their pots, this will keep the potting soil/mix ABOVE the
level of the water in the saucers, otherwise the soil will rot, stink, and
kill the plants if emersed under water!   You have to water from above till
you see that the roots have emerged out of the drain-holes in the pots`
bottoms into the water.
Depends on how big a living room you have---at the very least, they should
grow to 4-5' with a 4-5' spread, IF you can supply enough heat and light!
They are considered one of the 'giant' aroids!

Good luck,


>>OK great! Thanks Julius. They are looking like little banana trees.
all in pots now, sitting in a tray of water on a terry-cloth covered
radiator next to my Phalaenopsis. Thank you also Brian! Can't $$ back
issues now, but I'd like to see that article sometime. Are they gonna take
over my living room?

                    "Julius Boos"
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----- Original Message -----
From:  magrysbo@shu.edu
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2001 10:46  PM
Subject: Typhonium lindleyanum autumn  treatment

Dear Bona venutre,

I THINK you are mistaken about what your plants are, there is a
Typhonodorum lindleanum, not a Typhonium! Typhonodorum is a HUGE  (grows
to about 6' tall, looks like a banana 'tree'!), aquatic aroid from
Madagascar and nearby Islands, it MUST be kept wet and warm! Check  w/
Brian Williams, he distributed seed of this about a year ago. I  believe
Brian has heaters even in the water, as the roots suffer greatly in  winter
when the water gets cool. The larger plants develop a  'knot'-like
structure at the plant`s base, but I would not call it a tuber,  and it
does not go dormant! There is a great article on growing  this wonderful
giant aroid in Australia in a back-issue of Aroideana (get your
back-issues while they last!).

Good luck,


>>My 4 plantlets of T. lindleyanum grew a few extra inches/a few  leaves
this spring and summer, up to 9 inches tall. The 2 in pots sitting in
trays of water did better than the 2 in ground. Now we are getting
occasional  nights down to 50F here in New Jersey. My question is, will
they go dormant  just like Typhonium venosum, should I start drying them
out now. If not, how  long can they be left outdoors here. Will they be
damaged (root-wise) by a  touch of frost? What kind of tuber or rhizome do
they have? I can bring them  in and dry them out now, or keep them going
under lights as they seem to want  to be making more new leaves.
Please advise us who have received these plantlets.
Bonavenutre Magrys<<

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