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  Re: Typhonodorum
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.07.04 at 23:47:16(9077)
Dear Arno,

Nice letter! Yes, Typhonodorum is a magnificent giant Aroid, I first saw
thia at the home of the late Dr. Birdsey in Miami, Florida. His plants
looked like huge compact banana 'trees'! His bore fruit profously, and he
was very generous with visitors in giving these seeds away. I found that
if you tried planting the quickly germinating seeds in soil BEFORE all the
seed had been absorbed by the growing plantlet, the seed would rot on
contact with soil and the plantlet would die (the large seeds of the
neotropical giant aroid Montrichardia were very much alike in this manner).
I let the seeds float untill almost all the visible seed had been absorbed,
by this time there was a very well developed root system and a nice little
plant floating around, and I then planted them in a VERY sandy mix. I saw
a wonderful plant of this in bloom at a friends home, he had carefully
peeled away the straw-like covering of old petioles from around the 'trunk'
to expose a brilliantly colored inner live layer, shiny purple and cream
Good luck with all your aroids, and also with your trip to South America!


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