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  Winter!
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.mobot.org> on 1999.01.03 at 09:35:13(2868)
Hi Aroiders! This list has be silent so long I thought I'd throw my two
bits in by asking those of you in the midwest what you are doing for fun
with two feet of snow on the ground.

Here in zone 10b it is 78degF today and after a rainy couple of days the
sun is breaking through the clouds. Weather here has been
extraordinarily warm and wet for this time of the year (normally our dry
and cool season), but we have alot of rain and its been quite warm.
Christams day was 84F.

The Anthuriums which normally flower and fruit this time of year are
especially prolific at the moment. I have a number of Amorphophallus that
have awakened from dormancy, apparently due to the warmth and wetness -
very confused plants. And Amorphophallus titanum is typically doing its
own thing with a couple of plants going into dormancy at the moment while
another seems to be awakening.

Dewey Fisk has just finished moving his entire Anthurium collection to
another shade house where he has considerably more room. But the old
story about _never_ having enough room is still true. He is rapidly
running out of space again! In any event, the plants are now spread out
sufficiently to allow one to better observe. So, for those of you
planning to come down this way to thaw out, make arrangements with Dewey
to visit.

That's all for now. I am going _outside_ to do some repotting.

Don

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From: "Jaime Rodriguez" <jaime at matnet.com> on 1999.01.03 at 16:57:50(2869)
Alaska isn't exactly the Midwest, but I'd love to let you know what is
happening here in the truly frigid north. Over four feet of snow has fallen
at my house, but a windstorm turned most of that into capricious drifts a
week ago. The outside temperature has varied from 25F to -28F. Today we
are holding steady at 0.

My Aroid collection has grown enormously thanks to Aroid-L and the Arisaema
Enthusiasts Group. I wish I had kept better records of where all my new
plants came from. Most of my records were email archives that were
disappeared when my computer crashed in mid 1998.

I have several Amorphophallus species that have gone into dormancy this
month. A. bulbifer keeps increasing. The last leaf is just now fading. A.
odoratus went dormant a month ago. I couldn't resist checking it out, and
discovered it had increased from one to 5 tubers. A. konjac from Sue Zunino
has been dormant for 4 months. I have no idea how long I will wait to see
it again. The seeds of A. henryi that I sowed a year ago have finally just
germinated, and one is sending up it's first true leaf.

My seed grown Anthurium clarinervium have been blooming but not setting
seed. A. Scandens v. leucocarpum has been blooming like crazy, and is
setting seed. The opalescent pink berries are very pretty. I should have
quite a crop of seeds in a month or two. Some of my Anthurium seedlings
were attacked by mutant aphids this fall, and I lost all but one A.
amnicola and one A. gracile. I managed to save 3 A. bakeri.

I had seedlings of Dracunculus canariensis and Sauromatum venosum growing in
flats outside this summer, and some pesky magpies pulled all the tags out
of the pots, and even uprooted some of the plants. They are all mixed up
now, and I won't know which is which until they mature and perhaps bloom.
They have continued growing indoors under lights, and as they go dormant,
move them to my extra refrigerator, pot and all. They both seem to be
spider mite magnets, and it has been quite a battle staying ahead of those
little monsters.

Same for my Arisaema seedlings. Some of them came out of dormancy just as
the snow started falling in October, so I moved them indoors under lights.
As they go dormant they get moved to the fridge. I did have three A.
triphyllum bloom the second year from seed. They bloomed sequentially
through October and November. The first two flowers were either male, or
withered. The third flower appears to have set seed. I suppose pollen from
the first two could have been floating around in the dust of my house, or
perhaps the flower was hermaphroditic and self fertile, or perhaps the
seeds are sterile. I am new at this and don't have a clue, but it is fun
to watch.

My Spathyphyllum isn't blooming, the Aglaeonema is. The Zantedeschia and
Colocasia are dormant. The Arisarum vulgare and A. proboscideum are growing
under lights, but no signs of bloom.

The best news is that last week I was able to rescue a small shoot of
Philodendron erubescens 'Burgundy' that had separated from the parent vine
and some offset tubers of Alocasia chantrieri 'African Mask' from a
neglected public planting.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all get an Amorphophallus titanum to
bloom this year.

Jaime Rodriguez.

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From: Jmh98law at aol.com on 1999.01.03 at 17:04:51(2870)
In a message dated 1/3/99 9:23:34 AM Pacific Standard Time, Don Burns
[burns@mobot.mobot.org] writes:

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