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  Xanthosoma lindenii
From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2000.07.10 at 20:40:53(5043)
I picked one of these up in a 3 gallon size container at my
neighborhood K-Mart of all places and it was a really large
robust plant and was marked as "Tropical Foliage". It must have
at least a half-dozen individual shoots with very nice healthy
leaves. I was just about in shock when I saw it sitting there
(they had two of them). My first question is if anyone has any
cultural hints for this attractive plant here in northeast TN
where it's been in the 90?'s F for awhile. The second one is
when I receive this list, it appears that conversations have
taken place between people on the list and even get to see
picture attachments. I see the note where the letter has an
attachment but no way to see it. Maybe I'm missing out on
something in the way that this works.


David Sizemore

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.11 at 14:46:03(5046)
Dear David,

It grows in nature as an understory plant in tropical jungle, so IDEAL
conditions might be air as close to 100% humidity as possible (mist), keep
soil well-drained but moist, temps in the high 80`s, highish (low 80`s) temp
at night also, and bright light/no sun! Circ. of air with a fan would be
good also. I heard stories of a grower using a contraption of a mist/wall
of circ. water that cooled and humidified his g/house that grew these to a
giant size, he amazed people when he exibited them at the Aroid show in
Miami (before my time!).

Good luck.



From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.07.11 at 14:46:16(5047)
Dear David:

You'd be surprised at what goes out as generic tropical foliage to
K-Mart and Walmart when nurserymen in Florida get over stocked.
Xanthosoma lindenii has been in the foliage plant industry for 20 years
from Tissue Culture labs. Although it was reclassified as Caladium
lindenii based on Floral Characteristics, old names are hard to change.
Xanthosoma Lindenii was the first plant I grew in my nursery when I
started in 1981. It can make a nice specimen plant for interiorscape
jobs or as house plant. Since that time I have dropped it from my
line-up as being too hard to grow well(I did not want B grade foliage
plants to sell to K-Mart). It has a predisposition to a fungal pathogen
called Myrothecium roridum and it can get mites on the undersurface of
the leaves it kept too dry. You'd think being tropical that it would do
well in South Florida landscapes...not! It does well in a pot but wilts
when temps dip below 45 deg. F. If planted out in yard everyone who
tries it finds out it just peters out. If it starts to decline for you
after awhile, step it up into a bigger container or disassemble it, and
repot the rhizomes in new soil. I find there is something beyond
fertilizer that it draws from the soil that it needs to flourish and
look beautiful. PH, Micro-elements, something I never stopped to figure
out. That is all. By the way, how much did you pay for this 3 gallon pot
of "Tropical Foliage" at K-Mart?

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens

From: GeoffAroid at aol.com on 2000.07.11 at 19:27:55(5053)

I must agree with Julius, this plant does seem to need real high humidity, it
is the one plant I have found impossible to acclimatise to living room
conditions. I have had Anthuriums from the mountains of Columbia grow in my
house without turning a hair but X. lindenii turns brown and refuses to grow
until pampered with heat and moisture. But it IS a beautiful plant.

Geoffrey Kibby

From: plantnut at macconnect.com (plantnut) on 2000.07.11 at 19:28:54(5054)
My two cents worth.... Xanthosoma lindenii... is not really a Xanthosoma.
Dr. M. Madison put it into Caladium years ago. This might help you with
the culture. Treat it as a Caladium.

From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.07.11 at 19:34:12(5057)
I put one of these in Sid's office and it survived on utter neglect and
insufficient light for many years, like ten. Never repotted and really looked
good for a very long time. It would go flat to the floor like Spathophyllum
and pop right back up with water. It would lose a leaf or two and start all
over again. I have had Denis's experience when I dealt with it in the
greenhouse. Maybe it is just beginner's luck or stupid neglect.


From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2000.07.11 at 19:37:43(5059)
Dear Julius,

Thanks for writing me about the X. lindenii. It is somewhat like
a jungle weather-wise around here right now. Now if I can
figure what to do with it this winter (I don't have a

From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2000.07.11 at 20:13:41(5060)
Dear Denis,

Thanks for writing me about my little find. I paid $9.95 for
it. A great price I thought considering it's size and health.
The leaves are almost one foot long and in great shape.

Thanks again,


From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.12 at 17:51:02(5067)
Dear David,

Read Betsy`s post---you may get lucky! If not, a BIG goodby kiss??



From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.07.12 at 19:04:14(5076)
In a message dated 7/12/00 7:57:43 PM Central Daylight Time,
ju-bo@email.msn.com writes:

<< you may get lucky! If not, a BIG goodby kiss??

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2000.07.12 at 19:05:44(5078)
ok, so we all know now that Xanthosoma lindenii is now known as Caladium
lindenii. Is the clone 'Magnifica' what we are seeing in cultivation 90% of
the time?

From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.07.12 at 21:30:32(5083)
Apparently their is another form called Variety 'Albolineata' (white line
around the Margin of leaf) It looks just like the lindenii. But has an extra
white vein around the leaf. I personally would like to get one of each. But
who wouldn't

From: "Richard Berry" berry_rl at hotmail.com> on 2000.11.27 at 11:59:09(5705)
Is anyone familiar with the plant Xanthosoma lendenii 'Indian Star'? Is it
the same as X. lendenii 'Magnificum'? Thanks for your help--I can't find
any information on 'Indian Star' in any reference book.
From: Pugturd at aol.com on 2000.11.27 at 14:21:59(5708)
In a message dated 11/27/2000 2:59:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
berry_rl@hotmail.com writes:

<< X. lendenii 'Magnificum >>

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