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  Re: Philodendron santa leopoldina
From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2001.11.07 at 20:49:12(7773)
Dear John:

I am in possession of a piece of the above described plant left to the
International Aroid Society by Betty Waterbury. Over the years that I
have held it, the plant has managed to make one top cutting per year.
The society sells either the base section which grows a new top or the
top cutting which we root. There has beenn dicussion of Tissue culturing
this plant but I have been reluctant to do so as I thought there were
better clones of this species out there that had better color.

It is not the most vigorous plant out there, and I am not sure if we
were able to put a piece in culture that it would number 1, survive to
multiply in vitro and number 2, whether it would be vigorous enough to
survive explanting to soil media. It would be a challenge. I will ask my
friend, Randy Strode of Agristarts inc. if he would be willing to help
us should we decide we want to do this thing. How much are you willing
to spend on this project. This the top cutting sold for $750. at the IAS
Auction. We would have to forgo selling next year's piece to be able to
propagate it in TC as the process of harvesting the explant may kill the


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