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  message from Phil Mueller
From: "Alan Galloway" <alan at unity.ncsu.edu> on 1999.06.22 at 07:07:38(3458)
Sorry it's been such a long time since I've posted anything. However, for
you who are interested in cold hardiness of airoids, I have a little tidbit,

Several months ago (Sept. '98) I visited my family in Chester, Illinois. By
the foundation of the house were several small A. konjac. I had planted
konjac there in the Summer of '82 and they have persisted. All (there were
about a dozen) of them were against the foundation where I suppose it's a
little warmer. It's seems obvious that the growing season isn't long enough
for them to prosper, but they do exist.

I've spent most of the last three years wandering through the Mediterranian
Sea, Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. My job doesn't give me the luxury of
scheduling my ports according to the blooming season of aroids and it's
quite frustrating. I do have some pictures of blooming aroids from Crete,
Italy, and Turkey and I hope, when digitized, to have them identified.

I meet my next ship in La Maddelena, Italy around the first of July and
should be in the St. Louis area in September. Hope the aroid meeting will be
about the time I'm there. I would dearly love to see some of you again.

Phil Mueller

---End of forwarded mail from "Prof. Mueller"


From: newton at coiinc.com on 1999.06.25 at 07:06:16(3460)
I can attest to this experience here in northern Illinois, USDA zone
4/5, where I was able to replenish my supply of A. konjak by visiting my
neighbor and "borrowing" several small tubers from around his foundation
facing east. These tubers were originally from a single one that I had
given them in the late 80s and although none had ever grown to more than
about 2" diameter, they survived winters here to minus 25F and minimal
snow cover. I found them at a depth of 8" - 12" below the soil surface
and up to 18" away from the foundation.

This raises a question. What is the depth of naturally occuring A.
konjak tubers of this size (2")? Were these the growing survivors below
a certain death-zone?

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