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  philodendron verrucosum
From: john s smolowe johnssmolowe at pacbell.net> on 2006.03.30 at 07:58:45(14020)
gee, i don't have any trouble with p. verrucosum either. if i keep up
with tying the internodes to a pole, the leaves stay large (7"); if i
forget and let the stems wander, the leaves get small again (3").
it's in my master bath under a frosted skylight, high 80 degrees in
summer, low 60 degrees in winter - i.e. much less temperature
variation than in my greenhouse. humidity is moderate - not as high
as in my greenhouse.

the aroid i keep killing is xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata. buy
it, kill it, buy it kill it. i'm thinking of buying another, so any
tips would be appreciated.

john smolowe

From: aroideae at aol.com on 2006.03.30 at 17:14:43(14033)
if it's possible in your climate, put it in the ground. it will get huge and beautiful.


From: "Steve Ritchey" sritchey at shreve.net> on 2006.03.31 at 03:05:07(14042)
The Xanthosoma atrovirens albomarginata is
one of my favorites. Mainly they seem to like a sandy soil without a lot
of organic content that can get soggy and they like to dry out quite a bit
between watering. They are most reliable in raised beds here. During
spring flooding or summer hurricanes they can stay too wet,causing the roots to
die back to the tuber and the tops to die back, but then they recover, reroot,
and start growing again as it dries up.

I grew up on the peninsula and the p. verrucosum is
definitely much easier there than in Texas.


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