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  Spathicarpa question
From: Tindomul Er-Murazor <tindomul1of9 at yahoo.com> on 2008.09.20 at 18:38:09(18556)
hello all,

I have a Spathicarpa, does this genus go dormant? I have it growing in a wet terrarium, at first I thought maybe it was too wet, but then it grew and flowered a few times. Then it lost all its leaves, but the corm/tuber is still nice and hard and green and has lots of healthy white roots. Any ideas why it would stop producing leaves? Conditions in the tank have not changed.

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From: "Christopher Rogers" <crogers at ecoanalysts.com> on 2008.09.22 at 11:00:34(18569)
Hello!

What species do you have? I have S. sagittifolia, which can go dormant on
occasion. I have grown this plant for four years, and there seems to be no
pattern to its dormancy, which lasts a month or less. The plant does need
high humidity, but also needs moving air, like orchids. Without the air
movement, you will lose leaves and can get some rot, which can kill the
tuber.

This species also likes to be kept in the shade, with only indirect light,
which yields nice green leaves and lots of blooms. In brighter light the
leaves become pale and sickly white or yellow.

I hope this helps,

Christopher

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2008.09.23 at 02:48:50(18572)
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From: Riley2362 at aol.com on 2008.09.23 at 05:10:59(18573)
My Spathicarpa saggitifolia grows quite happily under moderate fluorescent lights and loves water at the root zone - almost semiaquatic with no dormancy. Its only dormancy comes when I let it dry out then it loses some top growth but bounces right back from a good soaking. It has no special humidity requirements and is always in flower.

Michael Riley

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From: Tindomul Er-Murazor <tindomul1of9 at yahoo.com> on 2008.09.26 at 08:25:32(18584)

Hello all,

Thanks so much for the responses. I don't know what species I have. I bought it from an ebay vendor. I keep this species pretty wet, and there is air movement becuase the tank I have it in has a fan attached to it, its enough to keep the orchids in there happy. I have not seen any evidence of rot from the tuber or the leaves, and I have had this species flower in the tank. Although I will not rule out anything at this point.
I've attached some pictures, where you can see the flower, and perhaps the leaves. I believe these are saggittiform.

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2008.09.29 at 01:48:22(18590)
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From: Tindomul Er-Murazor <tindomul1of9 at yahoo.com> on 2008.09.29 at 13:14:39(18599)
Thank you for the help. Now I really want to get a copy of that book. Hehe. Thanks for the info as well. Now that I know where it hails from, I have a better idea of its life history. Do you know if dry season over there is during their summer or winter? I assume summer. Should I remove the tuber/corm and give it a rest as I would a Calla lily or will it be fine in soggy soil I have had it growing in for the last 7 months?

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