James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:35:37 PDT
Dear Jim Mc

	I have restrained myself from buying the bulbs sold locally, but your adventure has me tempted.

	The pet stores here sell two types of 'clam shell' plastic boxes with mixes of 3 to 5 'bulbs' each. However in both cases the plants have a genus or species name attached. The Crinum thaianum is also given the common name of water onion. I recall that one of the other 'bulb's was a Nymphaea sp, but don't recall the third item. All of them are described as coming from Thailand, too.

	In the 4th pic from the top, the box on the left shows a bulb through the clear plastic. I had assumed this was the 'Crinum". This is also similar to the 6th pic 2nd bulbs from top left row. 

	I don't know what Aponogeton bulbs look like. 

	Did anything look vaguely like a Crinum? or even a Zephyranthes? to you?			What else has grown?			Best		Jim W. 

On Mar 25, 2013, at 12:39 PM, Jim McKenney wrote:

> Back in early February we had a brief thread which began with speculation about the identity of plants sold as Crinum thaianum in aquarium stores. Jim Waddick mentioned that  bulbs of aquatic plants were being sold in clam shell containers in aquarium stores. That was enough to get my attention: I was soon off to check out the local tropical fish stores and came home with two little plastic boxes of dry bulbs. 
> Two of those bulbs popped into bloom this week! You can see them - and read the whole story - here:
> http://mcwort.blogspot.com/2013/03/…
> Does anyone have any ideas what these might be? On the box they were described as a product of Thailand.
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the garden is still white from the only significant snow fall of the season last night and this morning. 
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