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From: plantnut plantnut at macconnect.com> on 2001.05.17 at 08:47:33(6496)
A week or so ago I sent the message quoted below to some folks that I have
corresponded with over the past few years. A large percentage of the
e-mails bounced. This means that either you have changed your e-mail
address or I typed it wrong. If you did not receive this e-mail and you
would like to be on my 'very private mailing list', send me an e-mail to
and your on... I need your name and e-mail
address. If you would like to give me your full snail mail address, I will
add it to the file. I guarantee that no one but me will ever use this list.

Another thing... do not expect an avalanche of mail from this list...
Frankly, it will create too much work for me and I don't need that. It
will be for special things that I have propagated.

Here is the message I sent:


From: "Masterson's" masterson4 at cox.net> on 2002.12.30 at 07:47:56(9753)
Hello to everyone on the Aroid-l list! I am new to the list and new to aroids. I am and have been a gardener at the San Diego Wild Animal Park for twenty-five years so I am not new to gardening. My interests in plant groups include palms, cycads, ferns, bulbs, and aloes. It is my interest in summer dormant aloes and bulbs that has led me here to the Aroid-l list.

I would like very much to grow aroids in the ground here in Southern California. The species from the Mediterranean and Middle East are of the greatest interest to me. I believe I will have the most success with plants from a climate similar to mine. I am wondering if anyone out there has any experience with the outdoor cultivation of aroids in a Mediterranean climate. I have questions about exposure, summer irrigation, fertilizer, gopher protection, transplanting, etc. I am also wondering how best to acquire plants since almost none are available at local nurseries. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Mike Masterson

From: Dan Levin levin at pixar.com> on 2003.01.08 at 19:05:58(9784)

Hope you're still out there, and a belated welcome to aroid-l.
There are at least a few of us growing in Mediterranean climates;
maybe even a few actually in the Mediterranean region! I'm north
of you, in the east bay hills of the San Francisco area. I suspect my
part of the world may be more influenced by the Pacific Ocean than
yours, and undoubtedly a bit cooler all around (Sunset zone 16); but
I can hopefully offer you some starting points at least.

I'd be happy to share with you any information which might be
helpful- perhaps this would best be addressed off list (?) due to
the specificity of the topic.

I will say there are many good sources for temperate growing aroids.
Besides some great nurseries (Plant Delights, e.g.), you might consider
joining the Arisaema Enthusiasts Group- who sponsor a seed bank;
local/ regional botanical gardens often have plant sales; plus there are
many members of the IAS who are willing to sell or trade plants and
even a few members who are happy to give them away. Check out the
IAS web site's section (scroll down) for one source list
at: http://www.aroid.org/links/
The trick is knowing ahead of time which plants are most suitable-
plus a willingness to experiment with your micro climes; keeping
in mind that many high altitude "tropical" aroids can successfully
be coerced to grow in our climate with a little TLC.

Please feel free to drop me a line, and once again: welcome!

-Dan Levin

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