Aroids forum: Sure has been quiet! I thought I'd show you our atrium!

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Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 10, 2010 11:38 PM CST
In hopes we can stir up some aroid talk I'd like to ask more of you to post photos. You can find a few photos of my plants on the ER website.
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Mar 11, 2010 9:08 AM CST
Nice looking garden Steve!

Show us more. What are some of your more unusual species?

Do you know this Philodendron?

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Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 11, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Other than the Amorphophallus titanum that is currently dormant, I have several Philodendron species that are unknown to science.
Name: Rachel
Rural Retreat, Va
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RachelLF
Mar 13, 2010 11:34 PM CST
Wishing you all the best Steve!

Smiling



Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Mar 15, 2010 5:34 PM CST
Hello Steve, I have been moving around the cubits and found this great Cubit. I wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed touring your Rain Forest. I have something similar planned but on a smaller scale. We have been planing to put in a GH for many years and are getting close to actually getting it started. We were going to start the foundation last summer and see how far we could get but Ric had a pretty serious hand injury so that was pushed back. A couple of years ago while visiting Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore I started to think that what I really wanted was a Conservatory not really a working GH. Not that I couldn't use one of those, too. LOL
Ours wouldn't be as big as yours. Something like 16ft X 14ft and 10ft high. I want it to have a small pond and waterfall and a sitting area. Just to give you an idea of some of the plants I have that will go in to the Conservatory here is a picture of my living room.

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Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 15, 2010 6:13 PM CST
You will love it!
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Mar 15, 2010 7:47 PM CST
I have visited your site a couple of times and have been reading. Much of what you explain will be very useful. The Rawlings Conservatory has a living wall and I was thinking of something along those lines for my Bromeliad, Ferns & Orchids. Maybe a rockwall incorporated into the water feature with nooks. I love your tree and may go in that direction instead guess we will see how the space works out. It would be nice if I was the kind of person that can map out an area and have it all planned before I start. I have tried to work with graft paper to lay out a plan but I find I do better with finding something for a focal point and working from there. I think that would be the water feature and once I have that designed I will know where to go. I want to go back to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg. They had a room that really inspired me. Here is an NOID Bromeliad that I picked up off the HGHA raffle table last week it is a lovely plant and blooming beautifully. Would you be able to ID it for me. Usually whoever donates them to the table have somekind of tag but this one didn't and I never did get to find out who brought it.



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Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 15, 2010 10:39 PM CST
All I can say is do both! Wish I could help with the Bromeliad but I am admittedly weak in that area.
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
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3jsmom31
Mar 16, 2010 4:10 AM CST
Hi Holly. You have a pretty collection. I have one thing the say about your greenhouse..... Build it bigger than you think you'll need because you'll fill it in no time and wish you had more room. Hilarious!

Beautiful philo, Steve. Thank you for sharing it with us :).

Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 16, 2010 5:36 AM CST
That "build it bigger" sounds like it came from something I wrote!

Yep, build it bigger!

Steve
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
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HollyAnnS
Mar 16, 2010 6:19 AM CST
Hilarious! Yes, I all ready know that it won't be big enough Hilarious! Greenhouses and ponds are never as big as you want them to be. Hilarious!
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/5752/
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 18, 2010 7:27 PM CST
Dave, your photos looks like Philodendron radiatum but there are a number of species with that general shape.
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
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3jsmom31
Mar 21, 2010 9:01 PM CST
Why would an aroid start growing smaller leaves? It is a food thing? Room in the pot? Too much light? I'm just looking for general info so I can be a better plant mommy. The plants that I'm really worried with is philo hederaceum and brazil, and also brandtianum.... I have brazil and brandtianum climbing sticks, so I thought maybe it would increase in size. I 'need' a greenhouse so I can spray for thrips :blinking kidding. It's not a need, not really.
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 22, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Quite the opposite. Philodendron climb so they can reach bright light.
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
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3jsmom31
Mar 22, 2010 8:11 AM CST
Okay, I'll work on more light. I've given a stick for support and kind of woven leaves into it, then the plant started to put long sections of stem and smaller leaves, so I wasn't sure what it needed. Have you seen brasil listed as medio pictum?
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 22, 2010 10:45 AM CST
The only place I've seen "medio pictum" is on Glasshouse Works.
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
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3jsmom31
Mar 22, 2010 12:53 PM CST
They listed it as mediopictum but in the description they had the Brasil nomenclature. I ordered alocasia micholtziana?(frydek), philo florida beauty and squamiferum, and aspidistra elatior from them. And a syngonium. Still waiting for the plants, but I didn't get anything that I was likely to find at Lowe's. I guess I am alright with the tissue culture plants. I can't give the excellent growing conditions that you provide, so I'm happier for you to have a rare specimen so it will grow to it's potential :). I can see my thoughts changing if I ever started building a greenhouse. That is sort of a dream but not very realistic at this point in life Smiling
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 22, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Did you order the species Alocasia micholitziana or "Frydek"? Frydek is a trade name sometimes used for Alocasia Amazonica. Alocasia micholitziana is a species and is different than Alocasia Amazonica which is a hybrid.
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
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3jsmom31
Mar 22, 2010 4:35 PM CST
It was listed as ALOCASIA MICHOLITZIANA MAXKOWSKII also known as Freydyk. The pic you posted is a much finer leaf, more angular?, the one GHW posts is wider looking, a little rounded, but the same velutinous look? As much as you can tell that from a pic Smiling I just clicked on the green velvet link at your IAS link and that looks more like the leaf form at GHW :). Oh well, if I ever get the plant, I'll post a pic and we can figure out if it's "Green Velvet" or other.

ETA: I wasn't yelling, I copied it from GHW online catalog, lol.
Name: Steve Lucas
Siloam Springs, AR
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ExoticRainforest
Mar 22, 2010 5:21 PM CST
From their photo it looks like you'll get the right species. Some growers sell Alocasis Amazonica with the same name.

The differences in the IAS photo and their photo is only natural variation.

Steve

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