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Re: [Aroid-l] D. canariensis

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] D. canariensis
  • From: "Sean A. O'Hara" <sean@support.net>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 14:16:40 -0700

At 01:48 PM 8/29/2004, Dan Levin wrote:
I'd suggest you use the above as a starting point, then experiment on your own based on observation, etc. If Seán O'Hara's out there, perhaps he might offer some (more learned) advice as well (!).

Good luck,

Hi Dan -

I was surprised to hear your recommendation and experience with this species. My own plant is fully dormant at this point and I am wondering if I will start seeing it soon as other summer dormant aroids start to emerge. In my experience, D. canariensis is a winter grower, emerging in fall and producing a handsome crop of leaves and the flowering in spring just before going dormant again. The foliage can sulk a bit if the winter is a cold one. D. vulgaris grows in precisely the same manner for me. I find the foliage of the former to be very handsome - a lighter green and with narrower leaflets and no variegation (though the pale midrib is quite apparent). The flower is not as spectacular as D. vulgaris - far less full and not frilled or wavy, kind of like a simple, unadorned, Calla Lily. I've heard that it smells like melons, but I've never detected a noticeable scent.

Being that this species is from the Canaries, could it be that it could be easily grown in other cycles (as Dan's experience suggests)?

Seán O.

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