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Re: Anthurium seeds discussion

  • Subject: Re: Anthurium seeds discussion
  • From: "criswick" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 08:47:41 -0400

It may well be true in general but in my experience seeds of Philodendron selloum, completely dried, have been regularly offered in the trade by seed companies and always gave good germination results.


John Criswick



-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of LariAnn
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 6:10 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium seeds discussion


Fellow Aroiders,


Many of you know I do a lot of aroid breeding, and have done so since

the 1980s.  Thus I have learned a lot about the viability and proper

care of seeds from Alocasia, Anthurium, Philodendron, Amorphophallus and

Caladium over the years.   The most important thing I've learned is that

many, if not all, of these seeds have short viabilities even under the

best of conditions. Therefore I can state categorically that even if the

seeds this person is selling are the real McCoy, the chances of any

buyer receiving a shipment of viable seeds from this person are slim and



Think about it mathematically; if the seeds originate in south Africa,

they have to be harvested there then shipped to Turkey.  Assuming they

are harvested fresh and IMMEDIATELY shipped, figure 5 to 10 days to

Turkey!  Then, once in Turkey, this person puts the offer on eBay and

there's another 5 or 6 days at least for bidding to proceed.  Next, once

the bidding is complete, the buyer has to pay and the order has to ship,

figure another 5 to 10 days before the buyer actually receives the seeds

in question.  With aroid seeds, they will be lucky to get anything

recognizable as a seed in their shipment, much less anything viable.


The pictures make it really tempting to try to get the seeds.  But I

say, let the buyer REALLY beware on this one!  If anyone here decides to

try getting some of them anyway, I'm sure a lot of aroiders would love

to know how it turns out.


LariAnn Garner

Aroidia Research


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