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  winter tuber storage for Anchomanes and Tacca
From: Ken Mosher ken at spatulacity.com> on 2006.09.27 at 04:29:15(14665)
I have little experience with these plants and want to treat tubers
right this winter - for Anchomanes difformis (and var welwitschii) and
for Tacca leontopetaloides. One of the Anchomanes is rather small.

What is the best way to store, in soil or dry?

If the answer is in soil, can it be dry soil? I have a *lot* of trouble
with the whole "slightly moist" scenario because the plants and I don't
seem to agree upon what that means.


From: "Allan Tetzlaff" atetzlaff at rogers.com> on 2006.09.27 at 10:29:19(14667)
Hi Ken,

I don't know for sure about those species, but have a note on storage of
'slightly moist'. What I have tried seems to work well. I have good
quality sphagnum that I use for some orchids. I use NewZealand sphagnum
mostly. If you take some that has not previously been used and soak it in
water till it is saturated, then squeeze water out until it is just damp....
then put into ziplock bags with the bulb in the centre... and press most of
the air out of the bag - this seems to work well. The moss has antibiotic
properties. It works quite well. You just have to open them once in a
while to check on them. Hope this is of help.


From: plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2006.09.28 at 00:03:30(14678)
Hi Ken,

I stored my Tacca that I got from down under for 13 months just in dry peat
and it woke up this summer and is growing wonderfully. I think this is an
awfully easy species to overwinter just dry. There is also a guy selling
these direct from Thailand on ebay for what I think are very good prices if
anyone is so inclined. Best of luck with yours,


From: "Lisa Tetzlaff" rylaff at cox.net> on 2006.09.28 at 00:44:08(14679)
I have used similar technique as Allen to store tubers and such. The only
thing I do different is to used distilled water (our water sometimes isnt
the greatest and I really dont trust it) to wet the spagnum moss and make
sure I use fresh moss from the package.
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