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Re: Forms of ZZ plant -thanks + a tissue culture question

  • Subject: Re: Forms of ZZ plant -thanks + a tissue culture question
  • From: Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 11:19:04 -0400

The very expensive Zamioculcas for sale at the IAS show was variegated. 
That's why it was $100. There were several rooted cuttings in each 
plastic sleeve and there were two available for sale.

-Ken Mosher

Julius Boos wrote:
> Dear Adam,
> Thanks for the kind words.   Remember, I only suggested (in another posting) 
>   that the Zamioculcas now commonly available because of tissue culture may 
> be modified and so be larger and more attractive 'selections' than the wild 
> 'mother' plant might be.   As far as I know little data is availabe on these 
> figures/facts.
> Like you, I like to have at last one wild-collected plant which the tissue 
> cultured plants can be compared to!
> There seem to be quite a few 'new' cultivars/selections which are said to 
> have been individuals selected and propagated from batches produced from 
> tissue culture.  Several Alocasias, Philodendrons, Caladiums, etc. come to 
> mind.
> Michael Mahan reports that he saw cuttings of Zamioculcus for sale at the 
> IAS show for over $100.00, and others across the room, large potted 
> specimens, for $30.00.   I think that we can say that the cheaper ones were 
> the tissue-cultured specimens, I only wish I knew more about the story 
> behind the specimens which were being sold for expensive prices!
> The Best,
> Julius
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