I'm also disturbed that there are so few Ag breeders working to create new|
varieties. I only knew of two groups of breeders-- one in Florida and one in
India-- although the recent response on the list shows that there are some
people coming up in the Philippines and Thailand. Probably Dr. Brown's book
talks about others; I have to get that book.
One big reason I asked about Ags the moment I got on this list is, I'm like
Russ, I'm afraid that there are a lot of old varieties which are simply not
surviving. This isn't like African violets where there are 10K varieties, or
even like the 200 kinds of sansevierias.
There is a wonderful website called aglaonemas.com (note the plural "s"), but
it only has maybe 15 varieties on it. Ags are so little known that a lot of
people call all of them "Silver Queen" without realizing that "Silver Queen"
is just the name for one variety, like "Mauna Loa" spath or "Emerald Gem"
homalomena. (Though I have to admit that "Silver Queen" is a much prettier
name than "aglaonema" or "Chinese evergreen.") But anyway...
WHY do I love aglaonemas?
Let me count the ways...
1) They truly do clean the air, as Dr. Wolverton of NASA demonstrated, and
my experience upholds (with fumes from paint, carpet glue, and mothballs!).
2) They smell green while doing their air-cleaning, and their flowers don't
3) They can get lovely little drops of pure water at their tips from
4) They are less picky than spaths about how much water they get and when.
5) Their leaves are thicker and stronger than dieffenbachia leaves.
6) They grow straight upwards, unlike so many philodendrons.
7) They grow at a satisfying rate, without dormant spells like the tuberous
8) They range in height from a decimeter to over a meter.
9) They have dozens of wonderful leaf proportions, shades, and patterns.
10) They can be multiplied by either offsets or stem cuttings.
11) They root in water and transition to soil extremely easily.
12) They can survive in light almost as low as aspidistra can handle.
13) They are a lot of fun for me! They just seem to me like strong, happy,
friendly, relaxed plants, to anthropomorphize!
(...All of which, needless to say, is not meant as disparagement of anyone
else's joy in other aroids! I keep various other aroids too!)
In a message dated 10/24/1 3:04:34 PM, email@example.com writes:
<< How are they as house plants? I had never even heard of them until Laura
raised them (Thanks Laura) and I have just been looking them up in a book
to find out what they are. Are they something that is available, or just
rarely in collections (and how do they go in Australia if anyone is growing
them here)? Nice leaves!!
Canberra, Australia >>