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Re: aglaonemas

  • Subject: Re: aglaonemas
  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 00:14:59 -0500 (CDT)


Thank you but my optimism is intact:

Are not Aglaonema & Spathiphyllum BOTH beautiful in different ways.& like
other groups of plants.  Do not different plants appeal in different ways to
different people.  Long may it be so.  But it is interesting to consider how
these things may be.

I have not had the pleasure of reading Dr. Frank Browns authoritative manual
on Aglaonema so I do not know the number of species now known in that genus.
It seems that the common few species are all well known.  I suggest that the
the popularity of these plants is due to their hybrids & selected cultivars
with more & more attractively variegated foliage..  I suggest that their
flowers are not as simply elegant & graceful as Peace Lilies.

Spathiphyllum were, & are exceptionally popular & I submit will surely
continue to appeal for the following reasons.   Needing no variegation, they
are simply graceful in a "Zen" way, with their  dark green leaves
contrasting with their classic white often subtly exquisitely perfumed
flowers.  Their "past & present" has been maybe mostly based on hybrids
which apart from size often look very similar  because their parents are of
a tragically restricted range of wild mostly rheophytic species.  Most of
the so far known 43 wild species are extremely rare, inaccessible or unknown
in horticulture or most Botanic Gardens.   The "missing ones" are often very
distinct,  "different" & very beautiful.  They have never been available for
cultivation, close study & hybridising as with maybe most Aglaonema species
& other plants for indoor use.   The REAL future & biodiversity of Aroid
House Plants including Spathiphyllum can surely only truly manifest when far
more or all of the known & still to be discovered wild species are available
to simple specialists such as myself & others who struggle against the odds
& care & love enough to grow &  study them for further dissemination & maybe

You wrote:

the "two genus as slow(ing) growing, light tolerant, reliables".   Here in
the closed environment in heated beds at 27C under low intensity but long
day lighting, Spathiphyllum grow superbly, very fast & flower well.
Seemingly, light intensity above 10-15% of daylight is unfavourable & the
plants lose their chlorophyll  intensity.   Spathiphyllum is surely
extremely rare in that it can produce beautiful flowers & otherwise thrive
in light regimen of 8% & less, & which will survive at intensities less than
1% of sunlight

"Perhaps the tolerance to mealy bugs and spider mites while a savior, is
less than attractive in the scope of things"   I agree, under optimum
conditions including low light intensity, Spathiphyllum & maybe Aglaonema do
not significantly host these genera unless conditions are unfavourable when
Cylindrocladium & other problems may arise.  .  Substantial freedom from
such plagues is just another wonderful bonus for the ordinary plant lover of
the simple classic beauty of these two genera.

Anyway - Please would it be possible for you to write an Article for the
first IAS News in 2002 on the aroids you found best for indoor landscaping?




----- Original Message -----
From: "Betsy Feuerstein" <ecuador@midsouth.rr.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: aglaonemas

Hate to bust your bubble, they are the houseplants of the past and the
Future, most likely, more Aglaonemas. Certainly, those of us who have worked
and done the interior scaping world have used these two genus as slowing
growing, light tolerant, reliables. Perhaps the tolerance to mealy bugs and
spider mites while a savior, is less than attractive in the scope of things.


Ron Iles wrote:

> Ms or Mr. Stella!
> If you please! Spathigarruliphile!.  Sorry you don't like supernatural
> Lilies in all the Shopping Malls you go to.  And, isn't it good that they
> clean the air in all your Doctors Surgeries?   Please tell us how you
> Phalloids as House Plants?  And - Sweetie pie,  with all this
> stuff splurtng in all directions how about just a teeny weeny
> article for the next IAS News - about the nature bit?
> Yours graciously
> Ron - World Spathiphyllum Assemblage
> Laura - don't be put off by this naturist on the rampage.   99.9% of the
> Western & Eastern World love white perfumed Spathiphyllum & their near
> variegated leaved
> relatives, Aglaonemas.  They are THE House plants of the future & you are
> the forefront of those most discerning
> people who are now discovering them.  I hope you will join the IAS.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <StellrJ@aol.com>
> To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 7:53 PM
> Subject: Re: aglaonemas
> In a message dated Tue, 23 Oct 2001 12:43:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Alektra@aol.com writes:
> > Hello, I'm new to this list,
> > so I don't know the people and interests on it.
> > My fascination is with aglaonemas.
> > Is there anyone else out there who loves them?
> Aglaonemas...very much an overlooked genus in this group, with so many of
> Amorpho-freaks, Anthurium fanciers, and one very vocal Spathi-phile.  I
> those aroids you don't see in every shopping mall lobby or doctor's
> room (obviously, that lets out P. bipinnatifidum).  Aglaonema is a genus I
> would love to see in its natural habitat, blooming, with a crowd of
> pollinators around.  I find I grow fewer and fewer houseplants as the
> go by, because plants inside a house, detached from their ecological
> are of less and less interest to me.  One day I shall find the wild
> Aglaonema....
> Jason Hernandez
> Naturalist-at-Large

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