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Why is this family so addictive?

Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 6, 12 at 11:19

Such a high percentage of my plants are Aroids, I realize as I learn more about my plants. Something about leaves that unroll? Attempting to list them would be troublesome... and entail running back'n'forth to the porch a bunch'a times. They're like potato chips, you just want more! Does anybody have just one? If so, what IS it?


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RE: Why is this family so addictive?

I know what you mean. I force myself to add other plants and flowers to my garden because everything would be Aroids or foliage plants otherwise.


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thats funny aroidgardener..a friend and fellow garden enthusiast came over the other day..she said "what no flowers?" LOL
i have 30+ bananas,100s of EE, 30+ amorphs..etc..
but i did jump in and say.. "i have zinnias!"
:)
for me..there are several levels of challenge in sucessfully growing aroids.. some are very easy..and spectacular..others are very difficult to grow .even in a
greenhouse situation..and thats what i love about aroids
if i want to be challenged..theres an aroid out there for me.. :)


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Lomodor.....funny! Though I was thinking...oh good, there's someone else like me. Do you have pics of your garden? Would love to see some.


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I would too!


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I love this family and I dont even have any! I did some googling last night, what a fascinating family! So many genera and species, and they look so luxurious! There's even a species growing wild here in England, in the woods near me! But the most amazing revelation for me was that duckweed, that green stuff covering ponds, is an Arum!!


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Basically to me everything about them is amazing, I like to think of the days when aroids ruled the earth... If theres tropical holdovers from the past that still produce single leaves 20+ feet across, just imagine the beasts that once were...
I really enjoy they way EE's and amorph's or any bulb producing aroid has the ability to produce tremendous amounts of plant material in a single season, and then at the first sign of frost, it quite literally melts away, only to re-emerge and grow a foot a day.
Lets not forget gutation... crying plants are neat...but when i saw my C. fontanesii launching small raindrops from the leaf tip...well I was blown away. Every visitor here in the summer gets to see spitting elephant ears, fun stuff!
I went from growing cacti and succulents almost exclusively to totally hooked on aroids... its the sole reason I joined this forum... I NEED MORE... :D


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There's no cure for it, no rehab centres, no counselling available, it's just a slippery slope down. All you'll get is other addicts encouraging and pressuring you to get more, LOL


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I wish I had addict friends pushin aroids on me, my friends wont even chip in when I buy enough to share...

The new guy really didnt want to be the one to point out that they have penis' , pretty impressive for a plant I think, even if some have a deformed penis...


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Well ..... that's one way of looking at it, LOL.


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Hey who started this lame thread? Oh, I did. It's about time someone pointed out the phallic fixation thing. Was about to think I'd have to do it myself!


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Its the main thing my friends notice, I commonly hear "hows the penis plants" ;D


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