Van: Julius Boos
Aan: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Datum: vrijdag 31 maart 2000 23:55
Onderwerp: Re: A. titanum ???
>From: Paul Kruse
>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
>Date: Thursday, March 30, 2000 10:30 PM
>Subject: Re: A. titanum leaf curl
>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
>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
>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
>>I have grown A. titanum outside in very dry, dusty conditions, in South
>Florida, since 1980. An Australian botanist friend of mine, had two
>outside in her nursery on St. Croix. The summers there can sometimes
>consist of a 6 months drought period. The plants I grew in Florida,
>the benefit of good soil, supplemental water, of fertilizer, only reached
>about three feet in height before they bloomed. The two that bloomed had
>blooms about the size of dinner plates. When I dug up the plant in St.
>Croix, it too was about three feet in,height. The ground was very dusty
>,in spite of no visible roots, the plants were very beautiful.
>I did not bother taking my Florida plants with me, when I moved to St.
>Croix, because they were so easy to grow that there was no challenge. The
>plant from St. Croix is now about nine feet in height and growing in a pot
>of good soil in my living room. At this time it has begun going dormant.<<