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  Re: [aroid-l] Thai Caladium Project
From: "Timothy S. Chapman" lists at gingerwoodnursery.com> on 2004.01.11 at 19:02:09(11004)
I'm not sure about the "Pink Fantasy" as I haven't seen that, I do know
that "Thai Beauty" was a name given by Stokes Tropicals to thai
hybrid "Honglong." Honglong is said to be old style, which I assume
means its one of the earlier hybrids. It or its parents are definitely
involved in several hybrids, and absent in many others. The variations
in the thai caladiums is amazing. Once the gallery is done it will
include some examples of all of the different types.

The history of these is interesting and I've suggested as much of the
history of both the introduction and breeding of the plants and the
people involved.

As far as their care and culture, ...well that seems to vary as much as
the leaf types. Some seem as easy as the florida types, others are a
pain. Since there does seem to be a true interest in making these
commercially available from thailand I've suggested that they focus on
a few at a time, using the best selections (ie. plants that will do
well here). The tuber size is an issue, don't know how much of it is
due to the actual variety and how much of it just that that is the size
they had to sell. The "honglong" were actually the largest, really
good size tubers.

I'm pretty sure the author is willing to include anything information
wise that would be wanted, so I'll pass on these suggestions with my
already long list of suggestions. If she does them all it should be a
very useful book.

I shall go look at paul's site now. It might be worth mentioning that
some wild species shots would be a good addition to the book, and if
someone wanted their photos to be used I'll see if that is a
possibility. I don't think they would be able to pay for photos, but
free copies of the book might work????

Tim C.

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