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>Subject: [Aroid-l] Synandrospadix fruits
>Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 19:04:12 EDT
Congrats of your fruiting Synandrospadix! This S. American native certainly is a lovely plant! My friend Bobby used to have one of the largest speciens of this plant that I had ever heard of, but it became infected w/ nematodes and quickly declined. His used to bear MANY blooms during the summer months here in S. Florida, and as a consequence it also produced MANY fruits! I do NOT recomend anyone doing what I am about to say I did, but the fruits were so big and juicy, I tasted one and found it to be quite sweet and flavorful. I have reported this 'experiment' on this list some time ago. We cleaned the skin and flesh off the large seeds by washing and the use of a toothbrush, and planted the seeds just 1/2 covered with moist soil, and covered the pot w/ plastic wrap with many small holes/slits poked in it. The pot was kept moist in a warm, well-lit area with NO direc
t sun, and most germinated over a period of about a year, some more quickly than others. I hope that this info. helps. Please keep us informed.
>My Synandrospadix seems to have made 13 plump yellow fruits. I have not
>squashed any to see if they contain seeds. Does anyone have any suggestions about
>how I should treat them ?
>I think this is a wonderful plant for a prominent spot in a garden. It has
>very elegant and eye-catching glossy, wavy leaves that beg to be noticed. I
>had an article about this plant accompanied by three photos in our local paper
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