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  Giant Tuber culture
From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <cabalist at facstaff.wisc.edu> on 1997.02.14 at 08:44:01(356)
I have a question for fellow cold weather aroiders. I've been mulling around
an idea for outdoor culture. I've heard some folks grumble the tubers
eventually get to a size where they can hardly be dug anymore to be brought
inside for their dormancy.

How about this: instead of planting them in spring when the ground warms,
WHAT ABOUT putting them on TOP of the ground and THEN burying them with a
loose, well draining mixture of leaf mold and sand?--sort of a tuber
mausoleum. Then when they go dormant simply uncover, tip into a wheel barrow
or other suitable implement (if too heavy to lift) and cart indoors.

What do you think?

Carlo

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From: Mike Bordelon <MNHBO102 at SIVM.SI.EDU> on 1997.02.14 at 13:31:21(357)
Sounds like it should work. You could cut the bottom out of a pot and
place the ring around it to keep the soil in place.

Mike Bordelon Greenhouse Manager
Department of Botany Smithsonian Institution
301-238-3130

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From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.02.14 at 13:35:30(358)
>I have a question for fellow cold weather aroiders. I've been mulling around
>an idea for outdoor culture. I've heard some folks grumble the tubers
>eventually get to a size where they can hardly be dug anymore to be brought
>inside for their dormancy.
>
>How about this: instead of planting them in spring when the ground warms,
>WHAT ABOUT putting them on TOP of the ground and THEN burying them with a
>loose, well draining mixture of leaf mold and sand?--sort of a tuber
>mausoleum. Then when they go dormant simply uncover, tip into a wheel barrow
>or other suitable implement (if too heavy to lift) and cart indoors.
>
>What do you think?
>
>Carlo

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From: "James W. Waddick" <jimjim at sky.net> on 1997.02.14 at 14:18:31(360)
Dear Carlo;
I consider myself a fair-weather aroider-at least for those not
hardy enough to weather our weather in Kansas City (Zone 5/6) . ...but I
didn't quite get what you were asking for.

WHAT giant tubers? Alocasia Amorphophallus Caladium?

It sounds like you grow some giant tubered aroid, but the tubers
are smaller when they go dormant at season's end.

I need more data- names, places, size etc.

Thanks Jim W.

You wrote on 2/14/97 :
I have a question for fellow cold weather aroiders. I've been mulling around
an idea for outdoor culture. I've heard some folks grumble the tubers
eventually get to a size where they can hardly be dug anymore to be brought
inside for their dormancy.

Voice: 816 746 1949
James W. Waddick E-MAIL: jimjim@sky.net
8871 NW Brostrom Rd Fax: 816 746 1939
Kansas City MO 64152

From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <cabalist at facstaff.wisc.edu> on 1997.02.14 at 20:31:12(361)
>Cats, dogs, squirrls, racoons, skunks, rabbits, et. al. would consider this
>a gift from God; in my neck of the world, at least.

Do they dig for them when they're in the ground? Does anything really eat
them? If so, how do you grow them at all?

Carlo

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From: Rand Nicholson <writserv at nbnet.nb.ca> on 1997.02.15 at 07:33:08(362)
>>Cats, dogs, squirrls, racoons, skunks, rabbits, et. al. would consider this
>>a gift from God; in my neck of the world, at least.
>
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From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <cabalist at facstaff.wisc.edu> on 1997.02.15 at 07:36:40(363)
> It sounds like you grow some giant tubered aroid, but the tubers
>are smaller when they go dormant at season's end.
>
> I need more data- names, places, size etc.
>
> Thanks Jim W.

The question was a general one--meant for any tubers that get too hard to
easily handle. Amorphophallus for one need to be brought in here in WI. All
of my tubers right now are small and easy to handle but I've been told that
some can get quite large and unweildy 20lbs +. I'd also be afraid of slicing
them up digging them out.

Carlo

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