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  Araceae seed sowing & germination
From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2004.04.09 at 09:05:15(11380)
Dea Folks

As promised here are some aroid seed sowing notes for Alocasia, Cyrtosperma,
Aglaonema and Colocasia. I'll put together some more for Schismatoglottis,
Homalomena, Rhaphidophora, etc. as time allows. If anyone would like a Word
or RTF version of these and any subsequent notes please email me at


From: <plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2004.04.09 at 15:24:00(11381)

Thank you very much, that is extremely helpful :o) Now I can't wait to get
the hewitii seeds!!

From: "Chanrit Sinhabaedya" <siamanthus at hotmail.com> on 2004.04.10 at 15:14:49(11383)
How about Pycnospatha?

I tried to germinate them a few times, but never successful.

Do you have any tips?

Thanks and regards,

Chanrit Sinhabaedya

From: "Peter Boyce" <peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2004.04.11 at 03:56:55(11385)
Hi Chanrit

I've only tried to grown Pycnospatha arietina, and that only once from
freshly gathered seed while I was at Kew. I found germination to be slow
(6 - 10 weeks) but the plants grew OK. I sowed then on a 1:1 soil-less
compost: coarse sand mix, just covering the seed with the same. On
germination I allowed the seedlings to continue growing until crowded before
transplanting into separate pots. They grew well (but slowly) and when I
left Kew were doing well but still had not flowered. You might ask Wilbert
(who also got some of that seed from me) if his plants have flowered.


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