Tom Croat, Missouri Botanical Garden
> At 11:39 AM 1/25/97 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
> > on the topic of plants in offices, there were a few in this list who
> > suggested a. scherzerianum
> > i have one at home, which i bought as a large plant with seven
> > inflorescences (white) more than a year ago. it has been declining
> > since. i get a lot of new growths, but the leaves never get as big
> > as the ones they came with and eventually they turn brown. i water
> > it very little because i think the browning of the leaves is caused
> > by overwatering. i still haven't got rid of it because the rhizome
> > seem to be very large and still puts out new growth all the time, (in
> > other words, it is still alive, i hardly ever throw out a live
> > plant).
> > any tips on how to cultivate it indoors? specifically, 1) what kind
> > of substrate should i use? peat? loam? epiphyte mix?, 2) how much
> > watering does it need?, 3) light requirements? i also hear people
> > who say fancy anthuriums are not good houseplants. what do you
> > think?
> > also, in regards to the variety a. scherzerianum 'rotschildianum': i
> > first saw it in a picture in the logee's catalogue. that version, is
> > a rather elliptic "normal" spathe, creamy with red dots, and a screwy
> > spadix. i recently visited someone's greenhouse and he was growing a
> > 'rothschildianum' that looked very different. the spathe was very
> > large and almost rectangular, it was mostly red but still had the
> > screwy, pig-tailed spadix. does anyone know which is the true roth?
> > tsuh yang chen, new york city
> So glad to hear that Logee's still has that wonderful Anthruium! In my
> Anthurium Phase, which is still going on, I found them quite variable in
> "flower". I never thought of them as subjects for growing outside a
> greenhouse, except for short-term display. I made th mistake in Hawaii of
> thinking tht certain private homes were nurseries, for there it is the
> custom to move flowering anthuriums outside in rows in pots for display!
> There are Anthuriums without name and number in HI, incl one with a
> dinnerplate size inflorescence, the color purple shading towards deepest
> green. Somber, magnificent!
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