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  Re: Philodendron seeds
From: Hermine Stover <hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 1997.01.24 at 05:02:43(228)
At 07:30 PM 1/22/97 -0600, Eduardo Gomes Goncalves wrote:
>Dear Neil,
>Alvim Siedel is the man of the "Orquideario Catarinense" and has been in
>the business for a long time (say 40 years or more!). I think he is
>already gone, but his family still take care of business. As Al Wootten
>said, he have regularly advertised in the American Orchid Society Journal
>since the 70's and I think he was the only Brazilian who could export
>native plants for profit! I have never ordered from them and I haven't
>heard from them lately (for the last 4 years) but if he still is in the
>business, he is the best aroud here. You better contact them an check it on!
>About raising Philos from seeds, I can share my little experience. All
>seeds I already tried was very easy to germinate. You just have to keep it
>moist for less than a week and the radicule sprout. Meanwhile, the
>difficulty is on seed storage and long term transport. They seem to
>dehydrate quickly. It also seems that seeds from subgenus Meconostigma (P.
>bipinnatifidum, P. undulatum,etc) are somewhat resistent but seeds from
>subgenera Philodendron and Pteromyschum are too fragile. I think that the
>best way to transport and storage them is just inside the berry but it
>never resisted more than a month here in Brazil. I never tried to keep the
>berry in the refrigerator but a friend of mine did it and told me that he
>could germinate well more than a month under refrigeration.
>Hope it helps
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