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  A. wentii, and pothos blooms
From: toeric toeric at ev1.net> on 2000.04.16 at 15:19:51(4386)
Heyowdy all. I just bought an Alocasia called A. wentii. I can't seem to
find any information on this species. Does anyone know anything about it
like what its full size will be and what conditions it likes? Anything
would be helpful. Thanks ahead of time.

Now I have a question I have always wondered about. My whole life my mother
had pothos ivies (Epipremnum aureum or Scindapsus areus) around the house
and in my adult life I have always kept them around my house. To this day I
have never seen one bloom. Do they bloom? I have grown them under all kinds
of conditions of course. My mother even has one now growing in almost full
sun near the Houston area!!! Anyone not from here let me just say that
plants that are recommended for full sun we grow in part shade in the
Houston area because the heat combined with the sun is just too intense for
most plants (and people too!)
Back to my question. Has anyone seen one bloom? Are there any pictures of
the bloom on the web? If you have seen one bloom what conditions was it
under. Of course I am not interested in pothos itself really; I just grow
it as filler around the house and out on the porch but it has just bugged
me that it is such a common plant and yet I have never had or seen it bloom.
Eric

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.04.16 at 18:33:35(4388)
Dear Eric,

Your 'pothos' is a baby! Here in Florida it often 'escapes', and will grow
up huge pine trees, rapidly transforming itself from the piddling little
vine to a HUGE, monsterous climber, climbing to over 30 ft high, covering
the trunk with it`s beautiful leaves, its stem up to 3" in dia., its leaves
3ft x 20 "!!! At this stage they do bloom, I was present at the late and
great Monroe Birdsey`s home in Miami and asssisted Peter Boyce of Key
Gardens in collecting a bloom from a HUGE one growing up the trunk of a huge
tree!

Cheers,

Julius

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From: toeric toeric at ev1.net> on 2000.04.17 at 16:38:29(4389)
Wow, wish I could see that! You must be right, but I do have one that
has leaves about two foot. I have never been able to figure out how to
get them to grow bigger. Since I use them for filler and to add a
tropical look to my porch they are in shade so there leaves stay the same
size or each one is smaller than the last. They must like a good bit of
light maybe even some direct sun?
So anyone know any thing about my other question on Alocasia
wentii? What size will it get and what growing conditions does it
like. Thanks y'all.
Eric

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From: "Peter Boyce" Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 2000.04.17 at 16:41:21(4390)
Eric

Epipremnum aureum very seldom flowers in cultivation. To my knowledge there
are four recorded flowerings.

Pete

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From: Aroideae at aol.com on 2000.04.17 at 19:55:41(4391)
dear peter,

I do believe i have Epipremnum aureum in my yard near Tampa, FL and it did
indeed flower when quite large. This is the plant that is always called
'golden pothos' here. In some winters, it's quite a bit colder here than in
miami so i was quite surprised to see it bloom! It's not a 'recorded
sighting', so i guess i'll have to send you a pickled inflorescence next time
it flowers.

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From: "Peter Boyce" Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 2000.04.18 at 15:25:42(4392)

Lynn

FANTASTIC - did you get any photos?

Pete

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.04.18 at 15:27:33(4393)
Dear Pete,
Yes, I now recall that the one we collected did not have the var. colored
leaves! However, I believe that Epipremnum does flower more commonly than
the record indicates, but has to be allowed to grow to adult size first,
which may take several years. The ones that I`ve seen in bloom here in
W.P.B., Florida have been allowed to grow 'wild' up the trunks of huge
native pine trees, where high up the stems seem to grow away from the tree
trunk and sort of cascade downwards, and it is near the ends of these
falling shoots that I have seen blooms, but have thought how difficult it
would be to collect them as they are so high up! I will keep my eyes open
for an opportunity to collect a couple IF the opportunity was to present
itself in the future.

Cheers,

Julius

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.04.18 at 15:28:10(4394)
Dear Eric,
See my letter to the list in answer to Pete`s, and yes, they seem to require
lots of light, sun, TIME, and space to grow to adults and then to bloom.
Sounds like in your situation they do not get these 'needs', a smaller leaf
may be the plant wanting to go into the 'runner' stage where it produces
these runners with small, cordate leaves which 'search' for a suitable tree
to climb! This is the stage in which they are sold in dept. stores!
According to Aroideana Vol. 7, A. wentii may be from N. Guinea, and the
almost peltate leaves are 18-20" long by 9-10" wide, bronze-green with
lighter midrib and veins.
It is speculated that the plant sold as A. 'wentii' may be a hybrid
involving A. cuprea. That`s all that I could glean from the article, maybe
someone else will tell you how to best grow it.

Cheers,

Julius

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From: Aroideae at aol.com on 2000.04.19 at 16:37:39(4400)
hello peter,

Re Epipremnum aureum: unfortunately, i didn't bother to photograph it. At
the time, I wasn't aware that this was an unusual event The plants are
ubiquitous here in Florida!! NOW i know and will try to take photos if i see
it in flower again, but, as Julius said in his posting, it flowers quite high
in the trees. My plant was growing on a live oak. I'll need a telephoto
lens!! I'll try to get a pickled infl. to you also.

Lynn

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