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Re: arisaema candidissimum

Without a shadow of doubt there are two factors that contributed to this declining reapparance. One is plants emerging "too early" in the year and being set-back by cold and the other is the growing season too short. The former issue is very tough to counteract as the emergence 'trigger' seems to be in-built and not triggered by external conditions. One may to counteract this is the 'old fashioned' method of a deep mulch such as bracken but even then the new shoots grow so quickly they will often etiolate badly.
Regarding short grwoing seasons (and thus declining tuber size year-on-year) the ebst way is to really pack in the fertilizer when plants are active. Wilbert does this on his Amorphs and gets the most remarkable tuber-results in a short growing season.

On 14 September 2011 03:42, Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com> wrote:
It should be perfectly hardy there - it is here in NW Arkansas, also zone
6b but with occasional lower temperatures.

However, here many of the Asian arisaemas seem to "fail to thrive" and
disappear over the course of several years. They come back each year, but
with less vigor, until some year they don't show up at all. I don't know
for sure whether this is simply me not siting them correctly, or if there
are diseases here that eventually kill them. (We do have the arisaema rust
in the area, for instance, though I've never seen it on any plant in my

I have a couple of tender Asian arisaemas that I grow in pots in the
greenhouse, and by contrast they seem to stay vigorous and increase. (The
only problem with them is they don't ever seem to go dormant, and I owe a
couple of people offsets of them.)


On Mon, 12 Sep 2011, Zanezirklejr@aol.com wrote:

> I have the pink jack in the pulpit, i've read its hardy in zones 5-9 and
> 6-9, I'd love to plant it in the flower bed but I want to be 100% sure its
> not  going to freeze and die, my zone is 6b (southern west virginia USA), what
> do you  aroiders think?

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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