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  Re: Proud mama (arums)
From: Ellen Hornig <hornig at Oswego.EDU> on 1997.01.15 at 00:01:19(128)
On Tue, 14 Jan 1997, W T McClure wrote:

> I've been itching to ask a couple of questions but, as all other
> 'beginners' on the list can sympathise with, I've refrained from asking
> for fear of being branded a moron. However, i ask myself these questions
> over and over again because the subjects come up time and again. First,
> why is that when aroid tubers go dormant do growers generally stick them
> in a box or what have you? What's wrong with leaving them in the pot to
> grow again? Presumably, in the wild they don't get up and go into a cave
> to rest. Is it because the potting medium is exhausted of nutrients? The

Answering for myself - I only do this for aroids that I don't trust to
winter over successfully in pots, frozen solid (i.e. many arisaemas).
They take up a whole lot less space packed in bags or boxes, in peat moss,
in the refrigerator, than they would in pots.....go figure. Pinellias
and hardy arisaemas *do* stay in their pots. As to medium deteriorating -
yes, that's a valid concern with soilless mixes. They do start to break
down and get dense and wet after a year. Nutrients can be (are)
provided artificially.

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