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  Re: A. titanum ???
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.03.31 at 21:54:57(4289)
Dear Paul,

I read with MUCH interest your posting where you reported to the GREAT
surprise of many growers of this normally difficult species your sucess
in growing and flowering it under seemingly VERY adverse conditions, I even
forwarded your posting to Donna Atwood at Selby who is keeping track of who
has bloomed this monster.

The opinions are that it is unlikely that 'true' A. titanum can or would
grow and bloom under the conditions you describe, and that you may in fact
NOT have A. titanum, but have A. paeoniifolius, a widly distrubited species
which is even grown commercially in Jamaica, and the tubers exported to
Florida where they are sold as a food item in Indian ethnic groceries.
This (A. paeon.) is a species that can get huge, leaf up to 10 ft tall, and
which can and will thrive under the conditions you describe, and could be
easily mistaken for true A. titanum.

Perhaps you could be so kind as to tell where you obtained the seed or small
original plants of A. titanum, as all the ones in cultivation came from few
sources, and also post a photo of the infloresence of your plant on the list
for a positive
I.D., as IF your plants are in fact A. titanum this additional info. would
be very valuable to the growers who struggle to keep this tropical 'monster'


Julius Boos

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