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  Peltandra virginica
From: eduardo gomes goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.09.19 at 21:00:12(1278)
Hi Aroiders,

I need more of your wise advice. I have received some seeds of
Peltandra virginica from a good American friend. As some of you already
know, I'm conducing an anatomical survey and need fresh leaves from all
aroid genera I can put my hands on. My problem is: I have no idea how
I could germinate this one. I know it is a temperate WD (water-dweller)
and that adult plants need some time in the fridge in order to continue to
grow. So what about seeds? Do they need cold treatment to germinate? I
could try it by myself but it isn't wise try to rediscovery the wheel. I
know there is an old article concerning the germination of Peltandra seeds
(West & Whigham Bartonia 44:44-49, 1976), but I could find it here in my
poor library. Any suggestions are pretty welcome because I even wonder
what I have to do.

Thanx in advance,

Eduardo.

From: Sue Thompson <thompsons at clpgh.org> on 1997.09.20 at 12:32:04(1280)
Eduardo,

Peltandra virginica is fairly easy to germinate. Remove the fruit coat and
mucilage around the seed (to increse germination rates) and place in a moist
container at room temperature. Seeds will germinate in one to seven days.
I've stored intact fruits floating in a container in water in the refrigerator
for up to ten months. When seeds from these fruits are taken out and put in
the light at room temperature, germination rate is ca 95%. Intact fruits
can tolerate dry storage for a few months without loss of germinability, but
the seeds removed from fruits quickly lose viability with storage at room
temperature.

Good luck! If you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail me directly --
I've read several articles on Peltandra virginica germination and also have
experimented a little myself.

Regards,
Sue

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From: eduardo gomes goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.09.22 at 15:25:20(1306)
Dear Sue and Julius,

Thanks for the clues about Peltandra virginica. I`m glad to hear
that it is easier to germinate than I thought before. I don`t know how
they will enjoy the absence of a freezing winter here in Brazil but this
problem will be forwarded to the future. By now, I just have to keep
these beauties growing`n`growing.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at classic.msn.com> on 1997.09.22 at 19:06:11(1309)
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Sent: Monday, September 22, 1997 6:25 PM
To: ju-bo@msn.com
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From: MJ Hatfield oneota at ames.net> on 1999.11.28 at 12:19:22(3875)
What can any of you tell me about dormancy for Peltandra virginica?
Mine, in pots, look as if they would like to be left alone and allowed
to go dormant. If so, I should take them out of the sunspace and put
them in the much cooler, and darker, garage.

Thanks.
MJ

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.11.29 at 07:38:26(3879)
Dear MJ,
Here in Florida they do not seem to go dormant!!! Wish I knew what they do
further North---Sorry!
Julius

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From: Bob Burns bobburns61 at yahoo.com> on 1999.11.29 at 19:13:16(3883)
Inquirers about Peltandra:
both P. virginica and P. sagittaefolia grow wild
in our area, and they go dormant in the winter. I
would guess the dormancy is a response to cold and/or
daylength, since they grow in sites moist to wet yeatr
round...
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