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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 29, 2012 9:03 AM CST

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Care to share the story behind worm killer? Beauty bloom, beautiful plant. Are those pups it's making for you?

Edit: vermitoxicus *Blush*
Evan
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crittergarden
Jul 29, 2012 9:17 AM CST
Yes!
The words "worm killer" pulled me in here, too.
Please elaborate!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 29, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Evan, I got the worm killer plant last summer at Tropiflora. They had them on sale and I was looking for interesting foliage plants for my shady border area. It has beautiful wavy, shiny foliage it kept through the fall then died back and disappeared when we had a few cold nights. I feared the worst, but kept it mulched and it popped up as good as new again this spring. It's called "worm killer" apparently because it's one of those folk 'cures' that indigenous people used to use for intestinal parasites. Not because it kills earthworms.

Last year the flowers it had when I got it made seeds, and I do have several healthy pups - actually seedlings - that I have potted up separately. This year it flowered beautifully again in April, but the flowers didn't set any seed. Sadly, the mother plant in the pics really suffered from too much water when TS Debby came through in June and we had over 12in. of rain in 3 days, so it is languishing badly and not putting up any new leaves. I have it in a very loose mix in a large pot, but it still couldn't drain fast enough.

Tropiflora had them on for their weekly VIPP special again a few weeks ago, so if you're wanting one, they are available. Or, I'll be glad to send you a seedling when the weather's cooler, for postage. It's very likely a nice tropical for growing up north, since even here it does go dormant for the winter. Should be fine kept barely moist in a cool basement over winter.
Elaine

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crittergarden
Jul 29, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Thank you, Dyzzy!
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tropicals Foliage Fan Bulbs Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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eclayne
Jul 31, 2012 3:59 PM CST

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Sounds like a great plant Elaine and thanks for the tip on Tropiflora. They have some nice stuff and sound like really knowledgeable folks.
Evan
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator Forum moderator Aroids Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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eclayne
Aug 3, 2012 11:20 AM CST

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Here's a link to a time lapse video of an inflorescence opening by Derek Powazek.
http://plantgasm.com/archives/5461
Evan
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 3, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Hey, thanks! That time lapse is too cool! I watched it twice. Hurray!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
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crittergarden
Aug 6, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Oh thanks a lot.
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Now I need noew photo equipment......
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Rolling my eyes.
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