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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2013 1:42 PM CST
My Synandrospadix vermitoxicum that I thought for sure I had killed is putting up nice healthy leaves and a flower. Last time it did this, it self-pollenated, and self-sowed! I like this plant.

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Apr 27, 2013 8:18 PM CST

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Looks great Elaine. The inflorescence is incredible, petioles too. Smiling Do you leave it outside year round?
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 27, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Yep, it dies right back as soon as the nights get chilly, and disappears underground. It's in a large pot, under the canopy of a huge oak tree, so fairly protected. Plus the last two winters have been very mild.

What surprised me is that the baby plant also made it through the winter with no protection. nb, I had a repeat picture in my first post, but fixed that so the close-up of the flower is there now. Sorry.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
May 9, 2013 12:50 AM CST
Wow Elaine,
First time I run into this plant.
Always nice to find something completely new.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 9, 2013 7:21 AM CST
I have an update, too Calin. This year the plant put up a second flower! The first flower is closing up and starting to make seeds, I hope.

It's another nice one for someone like you, goes completely dormant in winter and disappears underground. You'd have to keep it from freezing though.
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Elaine

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
May 9, 2013 8:33 AM CST

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dyzzypyxxy said:It's another nice one for someone like you, goes completely dormant in winter and disappears underground. You'd have to keep it from freezing though.

Now that's thinking like a cold climate gardener who likes tropicals. Thumbs up Green Grin!
These are fantastic photos Elaine.
Evan
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
May 10, 2013 2:41 AM CST
That's great Elaine... I wouldn't say NO to a couple seeds.
But I'm not sure you are willing to risk your reputation with the Customs Smiling
And yup Evan... that is the reason why I like plants like Adenium, Jatropha, Gloxinia, Typhonium, Arisaema... as they sleep during the long cold winter months.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 10, 2013 7:51 AM CST
So true, Calin. Not worth taking a risk. But a local nursery here ships those plants all over the world, if you were really determined (and wealthy enough) to have one.

Tropiflora is where I got mine. [url=www.tropiflora.com]www.tropiflora.com[/url] Their site's worth a look just for the fantastic selection of bromeliads they carry.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
May 16, 2013 11:50 PM CST
Nice. Wealthy enough... not even my multi-millionaire boss can state that Smiling
So... nope. I'm not.
:)
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 17, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Me either. Luckily I am "local" so can shop there when they have a big sale. Otherwise I wouldn't spend what they charge either.

For people out of the country, with shipping and phytosanitary inspections etc. it must be outrageous. Yet, they regularly post plants with prices in the hundreds of dollars, and this week (I am on their e-mail list) they listed something very rare at $1000! For a plant??

Most of my treasures have come from trading cuttings and starts with fellow gardeners. Big Grin
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Calin
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fixpix
May 20, 2013 1:11 AM CST
Ditto. I love trading and sometimes I'm happy with seeds, small cuttings, and bulbs... they'll grow, eventually Smiling
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 21, 2013 8:29 AM CST
I'm keeping my eye out for the seeds to appear on this plant.

Last time it made seeds, the first I knew of it was when the baby plants appeared. It's a sneaky seeder.

The flowers have completely folded themselves closed again, so I can't see anything happening. More pictures as soon as there is progress.
Elaine

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Name: LariAnn Garner
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LariAnn
Jun 5, 2013 11:31 AM CST

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Some tips for Synandrospadix growers - when in active growth, the plant enjoys having its feet in a weak Miracle Gro solution (1 tsp per 5 gal water). I keep mine in a 2 gallon pot sitting in a shallow pot tray. The white roots come out and frolic in the fert solution. When the plants begin to appear setting up for dormancy in the Fall, switch to the Miracle Gro Bloom Booster and that will help the plant make a bigger tuber.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 5, 2013 12:10 PM CST
Thanks, LariAnn. I knew this was a wierd plant, but that's pretty bizarre. Big Grin

I'll try that for the babies I have sitting beside mama in the pot. I did a little poking around with my finger, and mama's got a pretty hefty tuber already! She just got 'dosed' with time-release fert for the summer, as we have a fert ordinance here forbidding application of any nitrogen fertilizer from June 1st to Sept 30th.

Don't think she made any seeds this year, but one flower is still standing . .. we'll see!
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Elaine

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Name: Drew
Piedmont N.C. (Zone 7b)
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homer1958
Jul 7, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Should have waited to see if I had seeds on mine bfore chopping them off!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 7, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Don't think I got any seeds this year either, although there are two little plants about 4in. tall at the edge of the pot. No idea.

I also have two young ones from last year, about 10in. tall. Let me know in fall or next spring if you want another?

Tthe flowers are completely gone, and I didn't cut them off so I'm thinking maybe some critter had a taste for them.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Drew
Piedmont N.C. (Zone 7b)
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homer1958
Jul 7, 2013 2:17 PM CST
Ok... Now that I know not to cut them off....!
Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Jul 7, 2013 2:38 PM CST
I don't think mine's even a foot tall yet...I doesn't like me... Confused
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Name: Drew
Piedmont N.C. (Zone 7b)
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homer1958
Jul 7, 2013 6:07 PM CST
Thanks LariAnn!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 7, 2013 6:12 PM CST
Mj, that one you have is the same generation as the two 10 inchers that are still in the pot with Mama. I think it takes a while, they grow a tuber that gets bigger each year. That may be why Tropiflora charges $25 for their full size plants . .. . did you see LariAnn's culture tip above for setting the pot in a saucer of weak fertilizer water? I may separate the twins, and try that with one of them to see if it accelerates things. I'm thinking they're just slow growers, almost an unknown thing down here in the semi-tropics!

Never fear, they'll get there. Just be careful not to lose track of it when it disappears in the fall.
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Elaine

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