Philodendrons, Elephant Ears, and Other Aroids forum: What are your 10 TOP TEN 'must have' aroids?

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 3, 2020 6:37 PM CST
I know what mine are, what are yours?
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Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
Apr 3, 2020 7:45 PM CST
They're all my favorite 😂
I'm not sure I even have 10, to be honest. I wouldn't want to go without any of them, but there are some that stick out.
1. I love my heart leaf philodendrons, the green and the lemon lime are loved equally. Those are the ones that are never a passing "phase," I always love them. I have two big green ones and one medium lemon lime and then 2-3 smaller greens. I don't feel compelled to put Brasil in this group, for some reason although I have some and I do like them a lot. They're my daughter's favorite plant and 2 out of the 4 in our house are in her room.

2. I love my aglaonema that is probably a "sparkling Sarah" (didn't have a tag when I bought it) but I'm not sure.

3. I love p. Micans a lot.
4. Any syngonium.
5. The plant I purchased as p. Tahiti
6. The plant I purchased as p. Bloody Mary
8. I am very conflicted about putting monstera adonsonii on my list. I love the IDEA of this plant and I have two that are healthy and grow like weeds but *for me* these babies are a lot of work. My thinner leaved plant is so moody. It likes its watering a very particular way. My wider leafed plant isn't picky about watering but goes through a gallon of water a day through the humidifier. They're worth it to me, but IMO this plant is like...my mom always said that if a boyfriend is 100% bad then it's an easy choice to break up with him but the worst kind of boyfriend is the one that's 51% good and 49% bad because you never know what you're going to get and you're always thinking it'll be the good half...this plant is my 51/49 plant.


Alzate92
Apr 4, 2020 12:50 AM CST
Top 10 must hav!! That's a tough question!
1) philodendron melanochrysum.. one day you will be mine!!!!
2) anthurium vittarifolium.. currently trying to grow from seeds.. one looks like it started to germinate 🤭
3) really any pendant anthurium.. they are just out of this world amazing.
4) same can be said about any of the big velvet leaf philodendron.
5) my Monstera adonsanii,
6) alocasia zebrina reticulata.... finally got my hands on a tiny seedling, it got damaged pretty bad during shipping, hoping it survives.
7) monstera Deliciosa.. this will forever be my favorite plant.
8) anthurium crystallinum
9)philodendron gloriosum
10) pink princess
Denver, Co
GreenBee01
Apr 4, 2020 6:06 AM CST
My top 10 would have to be.
1) philodendron Variegated Philodendron Florida Beauty
2) philodendron verrucosum x melanochrysum
3) philodendron white wizard
4) philodendron gigas
I am new to anthurium and love my
5) anthurium forgetii
6) anthurium crystallinum or a hybrid
Would like to have more anthurium
7) anthurium frilled lizard that was one amazing looking plant.
8) anthurium regal
Any anthurium with the contrasting vains
9)Philodendron pink princess
10) PHILODENDRON MELONOCHRYSUM x Gloriosum
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 4, 2020 6:16 AM CST
Here is my list. Its a little eclectic....these most of these plants are not and never will be available to the plant trade on a large scale basis. But if I could go out and collect them myself, this is what I would get:
1. Anthurium peltigerum (this is available, expensive, I used to have one but it croaked in the deep freeze of the Great Greenhouse Heater Debacle)

2. Culcasia rotundifolia

3. Pothoidium lobbianum

4. Hapaline benthamiana

5. Pothos junghuhnii

6. Anthurium pucayacuensis (looks like a draconopterum but even weirder)

7. Aridarum montanum

8. Taccarum weddellianum

9. Zombicarpella amazonica

10. Syrandrospadix vermitoxicus
edited to correct spelling errors
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Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
Apr 4, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Did I do it wrong? Is it supposed to be the plants we want but don't have?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 4, 2020 8:29 AM CST
LOL yes!
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Name: Thomas
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Region: Europe Aroids Ferns
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flashy_lights
Apr 4, 2020 9:37 AM CST
Not really "must have", but this is my sort-of-realistic wish list:
1. Amorphophallus ongsakulii
2. Amydrium medium
3. Epipremnum falcifolium
4. Monstera pinnatipartita
5. Philodendron rugosum
6. Rhaphidophora decursiva
7. Scindapsus pictus 'Jade Satin'
8. Scindapsus treubii 'Nearly Black'
9. Syngonium chiapense
10. Syngonium podophyllum, any unvariegated one

Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Adriennevs
Apr 4, 2020 9:52 AM CST
Oops! Well, I would like to get some variegated plants eventually. Monstera deliciosa, standleyana. Variegated syngonium, I'd really like to try one of the dragon alocasias. Things are pretty green around here. It might be nice to try some variegation Hilarious!
Edited to add: anthurium clarinervium.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Apr 4, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Thomas I would like to have some of those too! Almost all of mine are 'unicorn' plants. Amydrium medium comes up for sale a lot here, but way too expensive. I have had amysdium zippelianum for years, I love that one. Got it as a trade, if I had to buy it now I probably couldn't afford it.

I have Philodendron rugosum, both the normal and the aberrants forms....both favorites of mine! I love anything pebbled.

Its a shame you don;t live in Florida, the green form of SYngonium podophyllum is a bona fide weed here. We pull that sucker out before it starts climbing on the house. I have it in a few flowerbeds. Its almost impossible to get rid of once its established...if you miss even ONE tiny piece of rooted meristem it will grow back.

Every now and then, a species or 2 of the true pothos will come up for sale on some of the rare plant auction pages of Facebook. But they are usually asking $90-100 for a small 4" cutting. As much as I want one, that's just too much. Most people do not consider the true pothos t be anything special, they are mainly of interest to terrarium and vivarium growers, so I guess no one has ever considered putting them into cultivation on a big level. Not to mention they are native to places like Borneo and Sarawak. Dr. Peter Boyce is cataloging in the wild and growing several species in Sarawak, where he lives. Most of the photos I have seen online are from his work.
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Bleaf
Apr 9, 2020 8:38 PM CST
@Gina1960

You are making me the quite the Aroid head Drooling

- A. marmoratum
- A. callense
- A. insigne
- A. waterburyanum
- A. decipiens/ salgarense***Added - 10th April

- Philodendron rugosum***Added - 3rd May

I will certainly add to this list as my my heart calls out to yet more aroids, without burning too deep a hole in my pockets Crying
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 9, 2020 9:20 PM CST
ahhhh waterburyanum!
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Bleaf
Apr 10, 2020 7:11 AM CST
@Gina1960 - Do you have any of the anthurium specimens, I listed?
Pictures would be nice.

I just added the A. decipiens, to my list. How could I have missed that?
That famous image of this magnificent specimen - the inflorescence in seed with the Barry Schwartz - Oooow!!! Gets me everytime.


Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 10, 2020 2:00 PM CST
I do have decipiens, a young specimen. The others no, Iwould like to have waterburyanum and might be able to snag one later...the others look too much like stuff I already grow. I could get an insigne anytime from Ecuagenera. But don;t really need it. Callense is nice but looks a lot like veitchii which I have. Marmoratum greatly resembles metallicum which I have
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philodendres
Apr 23, 2020 12:02 PM CST
It's tough to list, but if I had to try;
1. Philodendron gloriosum
2. Monstera deliciosa (Thai/borsigiana)
3. P. 'Florida/Ghost'
4. Anthurium veitchii
5. P. warscewiczii
6. P. squamiferum
7. Xanthosoma 'Mickey Mouse'
8. Anthurium pedato-radiatum
9. P. billietiae
10. Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

There are so many but these are the favorites in my collection :)

Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 23, 2020 1:13 PM CST
All very nice choices!

The name for Monstera borsigiana (which is really just a synonym for Monstera deliciosa) has been changed to Monstera deliciosa 'small form' Smiling
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Lacecha
Apr 25, 2020 11:07 PM CST
O gosh, I have just learned so much. As usual Gina, you've opened my eyes to an entire new world of plants. I'm particularly drawn to the top two plants on your list, the second one reminds me of Hoya Imbricata or any of many other shingling plants, all of which I truly love!!

I feel a need to learn more before I post a list! I'm going to try to do that when I'm not so swamped in plant projects. Right now there are so many new plants I need to get situated in their new homes! Quarantine has seriously impacted my plant frenzy! Thank you all for the beautiful lists 😍😍

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