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Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid-L Digest, Vol 38, Issue 49


Thank  you, Chris, for such a detailed explanation. I'm going to dig it up
and see if it's still there; then it gets a vacation in the crisper drawer
with the other stuff.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

> Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 08:47:38 -0700
> From: "D. Christopher Rogers"
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Helicodicerous question
>
> Hello Leo!
>
> Helicodiceros likes a cool wet (but well drained) winter as prelude to
> emerging. What I would suggest is that you store the dormant tubers in
> your
> fridge. Phoenix just does not get cold enough for them. When the plants go
> dormant, I would move them to the air-conditioned confines of your home
> for
> a month. Then, dig up the tubers, wash them, remove any rot spots, let
> them
> air dry, dust them well with cinnamon (especially where there was any
> rot),
> wrap them in damp (well wrung out) long fibered sphagnum moss, and put
> them
> in the refrigerator for a month or two, or until you see new growth. Then
> plant them, again in the confines of your air-conditioned abode for a
> month
> or so, gradually moving them back out side.
>
> In the wild and here in northern California, they need about 6 to 8 hours
> of
> full sun. But with the intensity of the sun in your neck of the woods, I
> would use bright, reflected light or 60% shade cloth.
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Happy days,
> Christopher

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