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  aroid hardiness (synandrospadix)
From: Steve Marak samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 2002.03.21 at 03:58:15(8304)

I did one inconclusive try with synandrospadix a few years ago (when my
plant was producing offsets, a thing most apparently do not. Mine hasn't
either lately, though it is flowering in the greenhouse right now.).

It was inconclusive because the tuber survived the winter outdoors, and
appeared to be in fairly good shape, but never started growth in the
spring. I suspect "curiousity blight" - I just couldn't help digging
around in the spring and I broke off the growing point. I don't know
whether that did it in - it wasn't a large offset - or the winter.

I really like this plant, and I've suspected it of being fairly hardy for
some time. Needless to say I'm looking around for something irresistable
to tempt you into a trade.


From: Tony Avent tony at plantdel.com> on 2002.03.21 at 14:36:06(8307)

Thanks for the synandrospadix comments. I really feel that hardiness of
this species may depend on provenence. While I only brought back a couple
of bulbs, we do have green seed that may or may not ripen. The seed heads
were simply striking...as beautiful as any hardy aroid that I have grown.
I was amazed to find it growing on roadside banks in full sun and even in
the middle of heavily traveled gravel roads...again in full sun. The
tubers were usually about 18" below the soil surface. I can't imagine that
it will not be hardy. I'm drying the bulbs off in hopes of getting them
to adjust to the change of seasons. We'll get them planted out in spring.

Tony Avent

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