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  pH and Golden Xanthosoma
From: George Yao gcyao at netasia.net> on 2001.05.28 at 02:45:32(6584)
Hi everyone,

When adding potassium hydroxide (KOH) to the GA and water mixture, you will
surely get a pH higher than 7. As you add more KOH, the pH goes higher.
With the small amount of GA needed, you'll probably not need much KOH and
your pH probably won't get over 8. It takes

All these talk of Xanthosoma reminded me of the golden Xanthosoma a friend
showed me. Since I'm not very well-versed with Xanthosoma, is it a species
or is it just a variety of a species or is it a hybrid?

George Yao

From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.05.30 at 13:33:26(6609)
Hi, George!

I'm the News Editor of the IAS. What aroids do you specialise in? You
probably know I'm specialise in Spathiphyllum, later again in Cryptocoryne,
Lagenandra and Anubias. Are you a member of the new Alocasia discussion
Group of IAS. Are you a member of IAS? If not, PLEASE join and support,
the future is going to be the most BRILLIANT and you should see it all
happening! There are already 500 global Members, a great group of folks,
you couldn't find better, the more experienced are a joy and all so willing
to help! We need more Asian support!! How about buying Asian Spaths or...?
Lots of fine Filipina nurses here in rural Ireland. email Aroid L or

Best Wishes

Ron Iles (Ireland)

From: George Yao gcyao at netasia.net> on 2001.05.31 at 17:23:43(6640)
Hi Ron,

Been having a hectic time, but probably not as hectic as yours.

The aroid genus that I have the most species of right now is the
Amorphophallus, courtesy of Alan, Wilbert, and Ron, plus a few natives I
have picked up here and there. However, I wouldn't say I specialized in it.

Next genus in number of species/varieties is the Alocasia, interest of
which prompted me to join the Alocasia-only list and to which I contribute
once in a while. Again, not specialized.

Then come, in no particular order, Aglaonema, Schismatoglottis, Homalomena,
Caladium, Raphidophora, Anthurium, Philodendron, Syngonium, Dieffenbachia,
Epipremnum, Scindapsus, Xanthosoma, Zantedeschia, Typhonium, Taccarum,
Colocasia, Dracontium, Hapaline, Pseudodracontium, Pycnospatha,
Cyrtosperma, and, of course, Spathiphyllum, all of which I have from one to
a few species/varieties of. As you can see, I am a jack-of-all-trade when
it comes to aroids.

I had been thinking of joining the IAS, but on my first tries joining
on-line last year, I found some difficulties, so I have procrastinated. I
guess I'll give it another try this time.

Re Asian Spaths, I am under the impression there is none here, although in
a recent field trip I saw feral ones. I just shrugged them off as being
naturalized, perhaps introduced a long time ago. Or perhaps, it's a case of
mistaken identity?! I'll be glad to help in whatever way I can.

George Yao

From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.05.31 at 20:28:24(6647)
Thank you George! Good to make your acquaintance! Within the IAS everyone
is much closer I feel. A VER good time to join IAS as I will push hard for
brilliant Members Own Site for Dialogue and help with MEMBERS "shows"
instead of a quarterly "news". The June Issue tells it all and has some
nice articles and need your reactions. The Web Site has the Member
Application and you can pay easily by Credit Card and FAX!!!!! Then
everything is there!

ANY Spathiphyllum I don't have I would buy or exchange if you have photos
showing size lef, and flowers. I need to know about two weeks before you
sent to get import permit and you'd need to add cost of phytosanitary
certificate. Within three months I expect to have over fifty forms and
hopefully FAR more. I used to supply Dany with aroids and Marantaceae and
will be getting more stuff for him.


All the best best and thanks


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