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  Taccarum offsets
From: "Deni Bown" deni at yaxhampark.co.uk> on 2005.03.02 at 04:34:12(12748)
Calling all aroiders in Europe,

I have some nice offsets of Taccarum weddellianum, 3-5cm
diameter approx. Willing to swap (by post in Europe
only for phyto reasons) for some hardy aroids I either don’t have or
would like more of:

Arum creticum, A. idaeum, Arisaema candidissimum, Arisarum
vulgare, Symplocarpus renifolius, S. nipponicus, Peltandra spp., Lysichiton spp.,
Calla palustris, Orontium aquaticum.

Taccarum isn’t hardy of course, but makes a superb pot
plant with umbrellas of divided foliage.

Please contact me directly: deni@yaxhampark.co.uk

Thanks!

Deni Bown

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From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2005.03.03 at 21:41:54(12760)
I have been wondering if this sp. produces offsets . I have several large
seedlings from seed that Julius Boos distributed a few years ago , they have
grown very well here in the tropics .
But I have not seen any sign of offsets yet . I noticed a few small plants
around the base of an enormous plant i saw at a garden near Mt Bartle Frere
.
Michael Pascall,

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From: "Deni Bown" deni at yaxhampark.co.uk> on 2005.03.05 at 03:11:17(12762)
Dear Michael,

Taccarum offsets very freely for me. I grow it in pots in a large
conservatory which is part of our living space so at comfortable temperature
but relatively low humidity all year round and very warm when the sun
shines, even in winter. It can be tricky to dry off as the leaves collapse
quite suddenly as the growing season comes to an end, and if the compost is
too damp at that point, the tubers rot easily. When the plants have died
down, I keep the tubers in the pot undisturbed and dry until mid-late Feb,
and at room temp - above 16C - when I repot them as they are just starting
to sprout. I treat Synadrospadix the same but it doesn't offset for me.

It's interesting to hear that your plants do well without a pronounced dry
season. I imagined Taccarum would need one. Do yours flower?

Deni Bown

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2005.03.05 at 18:30:02(12769)
>From: "Deni Bown" <deni@yaxhampark.co.uk>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: "'Discussion of aroids'" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Taccarum offsets
>Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005 11:11:17 -0000

Dear Friends, (Hi Denni!!)

My friend Bobby grows THE best Taccarums I have ever seen, he just has the
majic touch with these plants. His plants bloom every spring, and with
hand-pollination produce a LOT of fruit/seeds. His large plants have
petioles w/ a wonderful color, nicely thick, colorful and stout. His do
produce a few off-sets, but not as many as one would expect. A while ago I
wrote a tome about the corms/tubers of this genus. When one of his would
get to a really large size, we`d hope that the next year would really be a
record year w/ a super-large plant, but the tuber would always divide itself
along the mid-line vertically, producing two large tubers w/ a flat side on
each! During the dormancy period, these half-tubers would change shape
and color, by the end of their dormancy they would be much more rounded, and
if exposed to light would be a wonderful jade-green color, like a raw gem
stone, truly a dinamic tuber, even when one thought it 'dormant'.
Good growing,

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From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2005.03.09 at 17:24:34(12782)
These 'Gems' have not flowered yet . I remove them from the media very soon
after they go dormant , and have observed the color change as Julius
mentioned .

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