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  Re: buying amorphophallus
From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 2001.02.08 at 17:06:55(5926)

I remember when I was your age I discovered that while visiting South
Africa my grandmother had joined purchased copies of the journal of the
South African Botanical Society. On reading through these, I discovered
that for the pittance of membership, which I could afford even on a 1958
allowance, I'd not only get the journal, but a number (20 I think) of
packets of free seeds of South African wildflowers, as part of their
preservation program. I had no idea what these seeds were but a lot of
the fun of getting them (not many were viable after months at sea; I couldn't
afford air fare for them) was just seeing what came up. I only wish I
had discovered aroids then, but at that time I had become fixated on
the proteas, which never did seem viable when I got them...later an article
appeard in the journal suggesting that the key to getting these seeds to
sprout was to provide a constant moist wind. Weird... Another I really
wanted was Disa uniflora but the seed never did anything for me. Then
an article appeared in the journal suggesting that for success, I needed
soil from 'beneath the common black wattle tree...' I've still never seen
a Disa. What world of discovery there is out there.

BTW, the Botanical Society of South Africa is online at:

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