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I went to the 8th annual aroid show and sale at Fairchild Gardens yesterday and I was in heaven! First of all, I haven't been to fairchild gardens since I was a baby so basically it was like visiting for the first time. Second, I should have taken more cash!!!! ha ha ha. I loaded up on all sorts of beautiful aroids. It was simply amazing.
Over the past two months I have bought 8 varieties locally here in Peoria dirt cheap as the nurseries were wanting to get rid of them. I paid $1.00 for a small Hilo Beauty with 6 babies, $2.50 for Black Stem with tons of babies. $5.00 for Illustrus with tons of babies. $7.50 each for Black Magic with 6 babies & Odora with over 12 babies. Stingray was about $7.00 with about 6 babies. Trinawitch, Hoerrs Nursery has a few varieties left including Stingray, Odora and one or two others. Sheridan Nursery on Sheridan Rd. has some Blackstem left. You can get African Mask and Black Magic at Lowes in East Peoria.
I will be growing all of mine and their babies in the house over winter. It will take a lot of room! Illustrus had about 100 bulbs in the pot along with all of the babies. Blackstem had a ton of bulbs in it too.
Trinawitch, If you already have100 plants in the house, who will notice 101? 102? or 103? You can always say it was an internet trade!
Seray... My family and I traveled down that way early yesterday morning. I didn't see many people to tell you the truth. I didn't hear any speakers either. They may have shared some words while I was out enjoying the gardens. I did meet Brian Williams who brought some of his colocasias to the show but other than that, I am not sure if there were any DG'ers there. There was a booth set up with lots of different Amorphs. but i had never heard of any of them. I was mainly looking for the Titanum but I didn't find any for sale. I guess the majority of plants on sale seemed to be Philos. and Anthuriums. I made sure to load up though! ha ha ha.
I was there Saturday morning till noon and Sunday afternoon till it was over, plus I attended the banquet Saturday evening. Brian Williams came by my place on Friday afternoon, after I dropped off some of my plants at the show for awards competition. But I won't be able to post pics until Tuesday at the earliest - patience pays!
Yeah I didn't get there till about noon on saturday so I must have just missed you. Too bad maybe some day. That 5 hour drive made it a bit hard to get there any sooner. It was nice to see the gardens although while my father and I enjoyed the plants... My mother and my wife were more interested in the gift shop ha ha ha.
I picked up a few things. I got a large specimen of the Alocasia Lauterbachiana, I bought an Anthurium 'Red Queen' for my wife, I picked up a Colocasia Gigantea from Brian Williams. I also grabbed a Philodendron Goeldii. I got an Alocasia Amazonica 'Polly' for my mom she thought that was cool and I picked up some "new" Philodendron Xanadu called "buss" or "boos" or something like that I forgot. I would have picked up more if we didn't have 4 people and luggage to compete with the space in our vehicle. I will take pictures tonight if I remember, I have the memory of a gold fish.
I saw some photos an Aroid Society member took, LariAnn, it looked like you cleaned up in the awards division!
(The photo I saw showed LariAnn trying hanging on to these 2 giant crystal awards with a huge grin on her face)
Sure hope you didn't drop them!
I have yet to see how large this plant will become, although I feel that it is near to blooming maturity now. The F1 parent is a very large plant, much larger than this one, but in the F2 seedlings, the characteristics of both original parents come out more. The P. stenolobum is a smaller growing plant, so Maharlika is likely to be an intermediate size between the largest and smallest.
I had other plants in the show and have others I didn't enter in the show because I felt that at some point I would end up competing against myself. This way I'll have some plants I can spring on them for next year's competition! Oh, for the record, the F1 parent of the Maharlika also took a major award when I showed it many years ago.
Here's a link; scroll to the picture at the bottom of the page to see the F1 parent, Philodendron x willoum:
Many of the plants that were for sale at the Show are not available at regular, local nurseries. The plants I showed are not available anywhere yet! If there is a plant in particular you know you want, share what it/they is/are and I'll let you know if I can help you with it.
Actually, the tree they have listed is "phellodendron" and it is not a Philodendron at all. The only place where Philodendrons get to be truly tree-sized is on my imaginary planet of Aroidia (see link below)!
OMG!!!! we are so much alike...except in my plant world I can grow climbing roses up my four poster bed with no thorns, and the ceilings are all covered with vining plants like jasmines, honeysuckles, passionflowers, and I have those tall cactuses with the arms standing as centries by the front door and the entry way is all tropicals with a giant aquarium!...I have serious plant issues!
It was a great show and it was good to see a lot of old friends as well as meeting new ones. I was one of the judges for the show plants and I put my two cents in on some of the new hybrids. Larianns work is amazing and wonderful it will me very interesting to see what she has in the next few seasons.
Here is a photo just out side of the doors to the show. With Enid from Natural Selections Me Julius Boos and Tom Croat.
ok really dumb question here...if I type bromelaids into plant files it gives me a whole list...if I type in agaves the same happens...but when I type in Aroids I get "No Matches Found" So what all falls under the category of aroids?
Aroid is the common name for plants in the Araceae family this would include Philodendrons peace lilies and just about anything called an elephant ear. It is a odd family of plants and their are many odd species that look very different but share the unique flower formation which includes a spadix and a spath.
Thanks for showing us Dan! Nice selections! My favorites are the Alocasia and the Anthurium. The Goeldii reminds me of a spiral ginger. Probably just can't see the photo well enough. They are all very cool.
oh I'm doing a happy dance and I just received one of my trades
Shake your booty
sorry I just got an EE...Colocasia gigantea...woohoo new plant yes yes yes
and a friend just droped me off some meadow sage...doing the dance
Me too! I am excited for you! I just picked up a C. Gigantea from the show that Brian Williams brought down from Kentucky. I can wait to see how big it gets! I would shake my booty too but I lack the equipment! ha ha ha
OMG!!! No wonder you spent your money on the P. Goeldii. Is that fantasic or what! Thanks LariAnn for the vision of possibilities. LOL Your pictures are great Dan. I want the Amazonica pool in my back yard. You and your wife can come sit by it anytime. :)
Lol Dan! I traded one of my Black Magic pups for it...I know since I grow them in pots in the house It wont get to its full potential, at least not until I get the greenhouse finished...and I traded one for a colocasia Antiquorum illustrus...which was just delivered too...yeah!!!!!
Oh i have seen your work! I love several things aroida has to offer. I am debating on a spot right now but eventually I would love to get the rainbow eucalyptus. I also plant to get some air-pots from you guys but I have to wait until the wife says i can spend more money ha ha ha. I have also been interested in that Rubodora you guys created, but like I said, my wonderful wife controls our money (for good reason!)
I separate "babies" using a machete and shovel. My "babies" are already 6 feet tall when I separate them! You can't see it too easily in the picture but now my tallest plant has over 6 feet of clear trunk.
I waited until mine was about a foot tall then removed it from it's mother. The funny thing is... I began my interest in plants only about a year ago if that! My father has been into horticulture his entire life which is why i feel i have distanced my self from it through my childhood. But now I love plants and can't seem to absorb enough information! I love tropical plants but most of all the Araceae Family is by far the most interesting to me!
Those big Alocasias are labeled as "Alocasia sp." by FTG; I have one of them and I call it "Big Mac". It is very similar to the Borneo Giant, but with a few subtle differences. I went and crossed it with the Borneo Giant and some of the results were the huge Alocasias on display at the show. Redland Farms bought some seedlings from me and grew them on, then displayed them this year.
Before my family and I headed home on Sunday... We stopped by the redland fruit and spice park. It was pretty interesting to taste the different fruits! And I finally got to try my first dragon fruit! Wasn't life changing but I had always wondered what one tasted like.
I agree.- it does need to stay at the top! Congrats Lariann on your wins ! Would love to make a trip to Florida someday to take advantage of some of those type sales. (those of you interested in what Lariann offers - you need to read all the positve feedback left in Garden Watchdog! ---http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/6404/ )
Thanks Dan, for sharing and good luck on your learning journey ! Good thing you are starting out so young. Wish I had the passion when I was younger. Family, finance, career, etc tends to get in the way of the younger people, that seems to be why when you reach my age, you find more people into gardening... imo.
Indeed, i think my wife tends to see it this way... I could be out bar hopping or doing something bad. I stick around the house, taking care of things not letting them go rampant. I also think she likes to see me so passionate about something.
Dan - only problem is so much of what you'd see there would be very difficult to grow here. the A. robusta grows like a weed there but almost impossible to keep alive here, as an example. I want those plants only to be able to get pollen from them so I can breed hardier, easier to grow types. Hence the Robudora and others. . .
Ha ha ha, I gave some voodoo lilies to my neighbor and he loves them. His wife thinks it is so interesting. He comes over from time to time when i am out working in the yard and i show him around and he said "I will never go to a nursery again! Just pot up all them babies you get and I will buy them." I haven't charged him yet though. I just get tickled that someone like what I have.
I'm so jealous!!! I wasn't able to go to the Aroid show and sale, after waiting all year for it!!! Thanks to all who shared photos.
LariAnn, congrats on your awards! I'm very happy for you. I'm scheduled to be back in the SW Florida area on Sunday and will contact you shortly thereafter.
Dan. congrats on your wonderful purchases!
ha ha ha. I have 3 dream plants but I need a huge greenhouse for them. I would love to grow a full sized Amorphophallus Titanum, I would love to grow the Alocasia Robusta, and the Rafflesia Flower. Some day!
I got a poster that said VIII so I just assumed it meant 8 ha ha ha. I don't have a habit of exercising my roman numerals but maybe it was just the 8th one at Fairchild? But maybe it said XIII? I can't remember whatever!
Ok I feel stupid... the poster I got says VIII annual but I failed to read the rest. The poster says VIII Annual International Aroid Confrence 1999! ha ha ha. I can't believe I titled this thread as VIII annual aroid show ha ha ha. Oh well, I assume everyone knows what I meant.
Hi, Dan. Good luck with the plants you got at the show and sale. I could not make it this year. I have all of those that you've posted, including a p.goeldii the size of the one Lariann gave a link to. It's such a joy to watch them grow!
Rachel, that is not A. clarinervium, but could be A. crystallinum. The A. regale is distinctly different. Bubba1, the plant is not a vine, and the leaves can get to be about 8" across and and somewhat longer over time.
LariAnn, I love that borneo Giant of your link! Is this one of yours? Do you have shop or nursery or something like that? I read somewhere here to take a look at your plants but where do I find those?
Do you thing such a plant would make it here? In the summer outside en in the winter in my heated greenhouse? I first must take a look at google if they can be bought here in Europe!
I went to the show and had a great time! The show was great bought lots of stuff and had a hard time getting it home, I'm sure the valets loved bringing my stuff up to the room, One got a nice poke from my large Anchomanes thorns. I gave them a good tip though! Miami is awesome also by the way!!!! Had a blast!