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  xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata
From: john s smolowe johnssmolowe at pacbell.net> on 2006.04.02 at 13:41:36(14051)
thanks steve and lynn! but isn't your advice almost exactly opposite? i can grow it in the ground (or a soil mix that simulates the ground), or i can grown it in a porous mix, ie a cactus or epiphyte mix; but these would be very different.?for example, i have potting soil and pumice that i use for my cacti and succulents. that would be a sandy-type soil. i have? bark, tree fern & charcoal that i use for my orchids and bromeliads. both of those have high drainage. the ground here grows several kinds of colocasias quite well. but a) i am zone 8 and don't know if x atrovirens albomarginata is hardy in zone 8, and b) in the ground certainly would get soggy at times.from the advice, one might think this plant tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, but, hey, not for me. so far i can't grow it in any conditions despite repeated tries.does anyone else have guidance?best,john smolowemenlo park, caThe Xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata? is one of my favorites.? Mainly they seem to like a sandy soil without
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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.04.05 at 02:44:29(14055)
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Sent : Sunday, April 2, 2006 8:41 PM
To : aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject : [Aroid-l] xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata

Dear John,

fantastic work with this plant, grow them in a well-draining 'jungle mix
during its growing period (at least 8 months) keep it warm during the day
(85 degs plus) and around 70 at night) don`t let the soil dry out
completely, keep it very moist but NOT soggy, keep the air humidity HIGH
(spider-mites LOVE this plant, and will appear if grown in a g/house or
under cover with no REGULAR misting), fert. 'weekly, weakly", and watch it
take off. It will NOT do well if kept in a 'dry' air green house or under
cover without regular misting, almost 100 % humidity at ALL times, spider
mites will kill it.
By the way, no one seems to know for certain what the correct name is for
this 'species', Dr. Eduardo Goncalves in Brazil is working on identification
of the cultivated Xanthosomas.
I hope these tips help.

Good Luck and Good Growing.

Julius

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