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From: Paul Tyerman <ptyerman at OZEMAIL.COM.AU>
Subject: How long do seedligns grow for?
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Howdy All,

How long do Arisaema seedlings grow for before their first dormancy?  Wha=t
is the longest people have found?

I've been told by a couple of people that 3 1/2 months is the absolute
tops!  However I have seedlings of A. speciosum from the AEG Seedex this
year that were germinating when they arrived, surfaced within 4 days
(22-4-01) and are still going strong.  One of the bulbs is actually sitti=ng
at the surface.  At an angle of about 45' from the original leaf there
appears to be a second leaf starting to emerge from the bulb now.  It doe=s
not seem to be from the same growth point, but rather a second point.  Is
this normal?

All the other species germinated a few weeks later, so they aren't anywhe=re
near as long-lived at this stage.  Only one of them seems to be showing a=ny
signs of yellowing as yet.

I just want to ask as from what people have said they should be dying off
by now but are showing no signs.  Have I just managed to give optimal
growing conditions so it is keeping on growing?  This is the first time I
have grown Arisaemas from seed so I'm hoping I can get some advice from
people with more experience.

Thanks in anticipation.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
mailto:ptyerman at

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Crocus, Cyrtanthus,
Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else that
doesn't move!!!!!

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