Native Region: Nepal
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Semi sun; well draining moisture retentive humus rich soil.
Harvest Date: Sunday 14 November, 2010
Seed count: 12-15
This smaller Arisaema reaches 40 cm in height, but this doesn't take away from its unique beauty. Its spathe varies in colour from pale purplish red to purplish pink. All have white stripes and pink coloured stems. Up to 20 narrow blade shaped dark green leaves arranged in a whirl top each leaf stem. Very nice. Not common to the nursery trade.
Arisaema need good soil moisture during Spring growing for proper flower development and pollination. Blooms in mid-late May. Grows to one meter in height. All Arisaemas you see are seed grown never by divisions, so expect some variations as each plant is its own entity. Easy from seed.
Soak seed 24-36 hours;; sow thinly at 6 mm deep; optimum germination temp: 20-25 C; days to germinate: 14-35. Never let seedlings to dry out. Alternative: soak seed 24-36 hours. Sow in baggie with moistened peat moss. Provide 20-25C. Can start to germinate in 10 days. Prick out and transplant.
Regardless of germination technique, its best to grow the seedlings in containers undisturbed for the first few years so strong bulbs/corms can form until planting into final position. Seat plants 10 cm deep. Group plantings look best. Overly wet winter soils kill.