Arisaema yunnanense aridum

J.E. Shields
Wed, 27 Jan 2010 05:23:36 PST
Mark, Roy, et al.,

My seed came from AEG, but I can't give you the distribution numbers. I 
don't have my notebooks handy at the moment.

I have grown them in pots from the start.  They grow 3 or 4 months in a 
greenhouse or under lights, then I dry the pot off and put it in the fridge 
for 3 or 4 months.  They have bloomed several times, but I only set seed 
(manual pollination) this last time.  They are currently dormant; maybe I 
should repot them before letting them try to grow again.

When they decide to grow in summer, I put the pot out in the lath house, 
under overhead sprinklers for irrigation.  They get all the natural 
rainfall there, plus 2 x overhead watering from the irrigation system.

I've no idea how long they will live under this regimen, but so far so 
good.  Besides, I have at least a half-dozen tiny green shoots coming up in 
the seed pot.  I was going to send some of this seed to the AEG, but I 
can't recall whether I ever did or not.

I was blissfully unaware that they were rare or  might be hard to grow.  I 
made no attempt to grow them outdoors in the ground however.

Jim Shields
in cold Westfield, Indiana

At 07:54 AM 1/27/2010 -0500, Roy wrote:

>A couple of years ago Andrew Broome from New Zealand sent me some photos
>of an arisaema he was growing. (You may know of Andrew from the Oxalis
>group.) He said he got seed of this plant from the Arisaema Enthusiast
>Group in 1997, and that I (!) was the donor. However the ID was only as
>"Arisaema sp. 102004" from my trip to Yunnan in 1996.
>NW of Boston
>Solid snow cover despite rain and 50F this week

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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