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  Re: Ambrosinia
From: "Mr R.a McClure" <Rob.McClure at sci.monash.edu.au> on 1997.09.22 at 07:35:58(1294)
> > I have just received two tiny rhizomes (tubers?) of Ambrosinia bassii and I
> > have not a clue as to what to do with them.
> >
> > Can you get me kick-started with these? Any information will be
> > appreciated. I can't seem to find much cultural info on the web.
> > Kind Regards,
> > Rand
>
Hi Rand, (and other aroiders)

I grow Ambrosinia easily in the bed with the other mediterranean
aroids such as Dracunculus, Biarum and Helicodiceros.
I am temperate zone 9ish here so this is info.is probably not much
use to you.

Bury the tubers about 2 inches deep in light well drained soil. I
give them heaps of light and keep them moist when they are active (
winter and spring here ). They enjoy some fertilizer now and again
and when they go dormant in our summer I keep them dryish to avoid
rotting. I suspect our conditions are similar to those it lives in
around the shores of the mediterranean.

On p110 of Deni Bowns book there is a drawing and notes of the plant.
She states 'A.bassii can be found on north facing hillsides in well -
drained humus overlying limestone'.

The inflorescence are small and hidden under the leaves but are very
interesting on close examination. The oval leaves are about 4-6cm
long and the whole plant is only about 5cms high.

I imported mine from the UK and they took 18 months to change cycles
to our hemisphere.

Hope this info. is a help.

Has anyone out there got any interesting Arisaema they want to trade
or sell ? (email me privately).

Catch ya later,
Rob.

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