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From: Stangl Frank B Civ OC-ALC/LPPSB Frank.Stangl at tinker.af.mil> on 2001.04.02 at 20:41:53(6133)
Thanks for the reply. Yes, they do so well that my front yard is used by my
neighbors for giving directions in our neighborhood! From what I can
remember, the leaves do the U shape before reaching the stem - peltate?. The
bulbs came from a lumber yard that advertised them as just plain old
elephant ears. Have I learned a lot in the past week about this family
Araceae!!!! Noticed that some of the sellers have some slightly different
names for the same plant i.e. picture VS picture.
The bulbs size are sized from larger than a softball to the size of a Nerf
football, but mostly roundish, and do they put on the bulbs!!! I try to
leave them planted unless we are due for a cold winter like the last one,
they had been planted for two seasons, and I separated five 5 gallon buckets
from them, out of just seven "Mothers". I did have a couple of plants that
started off of runners. When I transplanted them they went into shock for a
week and them snapped out of it. The blooms are a light yellow to white and
approximately four to five inches long.
You mentioned Xanthosoma Sagittifolia, beautiful plant, wish I had one. My
wife has started talking about removing a tree from our backyard and putting
in a swimming pool/water garden. I told her that it would be easy to turn
our whole yard into a different world. Think she hates the WEB now!!
I told her about some of the recipes and types of dishes that can be made
from these. Just have to surprise her along about Halloween with a few.
I would greatly appreciate some different types. Do you drink cappuccino? I
could swap some wonderful flavors from here for them with some of my bulbs
if you'd like.

Thanks again for the mail,
Frank Stangl

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