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  Helicodiceros fruit
From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at comcast.net> on 2007.05.21 at 19:08:50(15695)
Hello Aroiders!
Due to a hectic academic life lately, I have mostly been a silent lurker
on this board - reading a lot but adding little. But I have had a cool event
happen in my yard that I thought I would share . . .
The last few years I have been planting Helicodiceros offsets in various
parts of my California garden, and they have slowly started blooming in
early May.This year I had one of my blooms get pollinated naturally - no
scalpel, no paintbrush, no frozen pollen - and set a nice cluster of fruits
all on its own. I have never seen a Helicodiceros fruit cluster before, and
figured that few people have either, so here it is!
If you click on this Flickr photo link, you can see the fruit cluster:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/california_aroids/sets/72157600242205488/

I am working on getting more of my photos online as well - I had some
nice Arum, Dracunculus and Biarum blooms this spring.

Have a great week All!

Cheers, C.J. Addington

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From: Baumfarn Webmaster <webmaster at baumfarn.at> on 2007.05.23 at 13:21:29(15697)
Hi C.J.,
wonderfull pictures.
How is the cultivation environment, especially for those which bloomed?
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.05.24 at 16:00:54(15710)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:08 AM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : [Aroid-l] Helicodiceros fruit

Dear CJ,

Thanks for sharing your good fortune and photos with all of us on aroid-L.
Nice job of growing this sometimes difficult species, and having the good
fortune that the pollinators (probably blow-flies) are around your parts!
I used to have this plant here in S. Florida, it did survive, but barely.
I came out of dormancy and grew leaves in Winter/Spring here in the hot
South, and went dormant around May-June when it became too hot. It never
bloomed for me.
I hope that others who live in an appropiate zone/area write to you and that
you can trade off some of the seeds, it is a plant worthy of being kept in
cultivation!

The Best,

Julius

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From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at comcast.net> on 2007.05.24 at 16:45:51(15711)
Hello Peter!
Oddly enough, my most successful Helicodiceros are the ones that I pay
the least attention to. The ones that I slave over hardly ever do very well,
but the ones in the ground seem to thrive.
I plant offset corms in my native heavy clay soil amended with a little
woody potting soil. I find the best plants are the ones planted on the South
sides of tree trunks - lots of winter sun, then shade in the spring and
early summer. They get drenched in our winter rainy season, then get normal
garden water with a sprinkler about weekly after that. I try to let them go
a bit dry during the summer dormancy period, but otherwise I don't fret over
them too much.
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From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at comcast.net> on 2007.05.25 at 18:04:06(15718)
Thanks, Julius!
I always thought this was a tricky species too, until I just started
chunking the babies in my garden and ignoring them. Then they took off and
now I have some really big plants in odd corners of the garden. I may
seriously regret planting so many if they all start blooming at once!
I have grown Dracunculus and various Arums here for years, and they
open-pollinate quite freely, so we seem to have a good cohort of carrion
insects. I see many big hairy beetles and metallic flies all over my freshly
opened Dracunculus blooms.
I am going to collect the seeds once the fruits ripen, and would be
happy to share them with anyone who would like to give them a shot. They do
deserve good homes!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Cheers,
C.J. Addington

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