Worsleya problems

desertdenial@hotmail.com desertdenial@hotmail.com
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:18:41 PDT
Leo I am surprised that SRP is not taking care of it selves. I know in my  
neighborhood we all have trees that grow into the lines and and they come  
every couple of years and cut them back.

 I would have never expected those to grow like that here and now I'm  
kicking myself since I had a chance to buy 1 a couple of years ago and  
passed on it!

Marie Ortiz 
Tolleson, Arizona

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

-----Original message-----
From: "Leo A. Martin" <leo@possi.org>
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Mon, Apr 1, 2013 13:21:51 GMT+00:00
Subject: [pbs] Worsleya problems

Hello All,

I bought one of the above a few years ago. I must have received one of the  
clones; the thing blooms and sets seed several times yearly. It also offsets  
the way
Hippeastrum striatum does. I have it planted on a bark raft in my carport.

My problem is that the pods usually open while I'm at work, and the seed  
blows away.
They sprout on just about every surface, completely covering the big saguaro  
in my front
yard to the point I'm worried it won't have enough photosynthetic tissue  
exposed. Lately
they are growing on the electric cables, the way I have seen ball moss grow  
in southern
Texas or even here in Arizona (Tillandsia recurvata, not a bulb, sorry for  
the off-topic
mention but it helps you visualize what I'm talking about.)

Anyway, my local utility Salt River Project http://www.srp.net/ has left a  
door hanger at
my house telling me their cables are at risk of breaking due to the weight  
of the
epiphytes on them, and directing me to remove them or they will take legal  
action. There
are too many to remove by hand, so I have tried Round-Up, but it seems not  
to be too
effective. Can anybody suggest a better herbicide? Plus, I don't want to  
spray Round-Up
on my big saguaro.


Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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