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  dracunculus vulgaris
From: FLYGLASAIR at aol.com on 2001.02.27 at 05:18:01(5998)
Can dracunculus be grown in the heat and humidity of south Fla. zone 10 . If
anyone down here has one what conditions are you growing it in. Jim Reed

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.02.27 at 13:49:05(5999)
-----Original Message-----From:
FLYGLASAIR@aol.com To:
Multiple recipients of list AROID-L Date:
Tuesday, February 27, 2001 12:30 AMSubject: dracunculus
vulgarisI don`t
grow Dracunclus, but I was gived a pea-sized bulbil of wild-collected
Helicodiceros, a related Aroid from the same region, and with little hope of
it`s survival I potted it up. It has THRIVED for me during
the cooler months for the last two years, and when it goes dormant in late
spring-early summer I just put it in its pot in a dry area of my Florida
room, and it stays alive till the cool 'winter', emerging in around mid-Jan.
when watered and put out on the bench. It has not bloomed
as yet, but the beautiful, twisted and divided leaves are worth the wait.
Hope this helps.
From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2001.02.27 at 21:20:13(6000)
I have tried this species several times in Ft. Myers with no success as also
applies to ZANDEDICHIA Although some grow a few species for awhile. Seems
that after 2 years they perish. Joe

From: mburack at mindspring.com on 2001.02.28 at 17:23:24(6003)
Real easy way to solve this problem.....when the plant goes dormant.......put it in your refrigerator for about 3-4 months....

Under those circumstances it will be fine..... the reason for the person in florida who responded and said that they usually perish after about 2 years is because of the cold dormancy not being respected.

Many plants (aroids and others) that are temperate and require a cold dormant period, are easily tricked by the winter refrigeration.. It really does work.

From: FLYGLASAIR at aol.com on 2001.03.01 at 03:56:40(6006)
should the bulb be put in an air tight bag to prevent it from dehydrating in
the frig.
Jim Reed flyglasair@aol.com

From: mburack at mindspring.com on 2001.03.01 at 17:02:17(6010)
Dear Jim,

I have found that "tuberous" plants dont need to be in an airtight bag...as a matter of fact, I am pretty sure it would get a fairly good amount of rot going...

When I have refrigerated tubers for an extended period, all I have done is basically wrapped the tuber loosely in some paper towel, put it in a brown paper bag, sort of folded the top over, and tossed it in one of the draws in the frig. As you know, refrigerators tend to be fairly humid so I am sure it prevents them from drying out. I have even done this with "tiny" tubers and they have not dried out...

Hope this helps..

From: "newton" newton at coiinc.com> on 2001.03.06 at 05:14:42(6015)
I thought I would add to this. My Dracunculus vulgaris came from the "down
under" about 3 years ago. It has refused to change seasons despite my
attempts to starve, force, chill and swear at it. I will try the
refrigerator route as it has just gone dormant and perhaps 2-3 months
climate change might help it "convert".

Tim McNinch

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