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  RE: [Aroid-l] Xanthosoma atrovirens info.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2005.10.13 at 09:32:56(13440)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Thursday, October 13, 2005 8:52 AM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : RE: [Aroid-l] Xanthosoma atrovirens info.

Dear Frank,

Based on my observations of the rhizomes offered for sale here in West Palm
Beach, Florida, it would appear that this species does not produce the
flask-like off-sets/rhizomes/tubers as do the other species of edible
Xanthosomas, and that the portions offered for sale are lower portions of
the main rhizome, NOT off sets, and the cultivation of this species, like
some species of Colocasia ('dasheen-types") depends almost soley on
re-planting the upper growing-point portion of the plant. Therefor I
believe that it may not produce as many off-sets/propagules as the other
species. I did see a few propagules that were produced off the main
rhizome of my plants, this took several months. I tried twice to grow this
plant in a 3 gal. pot to try to get it to bloom, but it was such an
attractive plant that both times it was stolen by laborers!
The Best,

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