What We Are
WEBSITE STATUS UPDATE - So far I've gotten quite a bit of the website back up, but still have some hybrid pages and all of the species pages left to reinstall. Patience pays!
Aroidia Research is a privately funded, independent effort devoted to the breeding and study of plants in the family Araceae (Aroids). I (LariAnn Garner) started this work in the late 1970s and continue to this day. Specifically, I work with Alocasia, Philodendron, Anthurium and Caladium in my hybridization efforts. Alocasias are one group of plants known commonly as "Elephant Ears"; others are Colocasia and Xanthosoma.
If you are familiar with Alocasia x calidora and Alocasia x portora (aka "calodora", "caladora", "persian palm", "portidora", "portadora", "portodora") then you should know that these two plants originated with me. These plants were two of my earliest hybrids, developed in the early 1980s when Aroidia Research was just beginning.
Recent Releases From Aroidia!
I'm pleased to announce that we have two additional hybrid plants on limited release at this time. Click 2013 New Releases to go to our page featuring the new plants. We still have our two previously released hybrid plants; Alocasia "Robudora SuperMax" and Philodendron "Maharlika II". Click 2011 New Releases to go directly to the 2011 New Releases page, complete with pictures, descriptions and access to the Non-Distribution Agreement applicable to these new plants. NOTE: if you are a wholesale grower and wish to grow and stock these plants for your customers, please contact Mike Rinck at AG3, Inc. for more information about young plants.
News and Research
I've written over 100 articles covering aroids and other topics. The majority of them are on the Dave's Garden website (links below):
- Aroid Paradise (articles and discussion forum)
- LariAnn's article listing at Dave's Garden (Note that this list also includes some articles I did not author, but in which I am mentioned. However, most of them are ones I authored)
To learn more about what inspires me in my work at Aroidia Research, use the link below:
If you came here for information about Superoots Air-Pots, visit the link below:
To view our Aroidia Research introduction video, click here!
Most Unusual Aroid award was taken home by LariAnn at the 2010 International Aroid Society Show and Sale, along with several first place finishers. The plant was a selection of a cross between Philodendron bipinnatifidum and P. goeldii. Watch for a picture of this plant soon.
Best In Show and Most Unusual Aroid! LariAnn swept top honors at the 2009 International Aroid Society Show and Sale. To see the top winners, visit 2009 IAS Show and Sale Top Honors
Feature in October 2007 issue of Ornamental Outlook! My article about the Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Borneo Giant' has been published in the October 2007 issue of OO. If you don't have access to the magazine, you may download your own PDF copy here. The PDF copy is a galley proof so the ad spaces are blocked off but not filled in. Click on Ornamental Outlook for more about this magazine.
In addition to our aroid breeding programs, we have completed our first major research study, called the Alocasia Bioprotection Study, being done in conjunction with Dr. Wagner Vendrame of the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida. This study included ten types of difficult to cultivate species and varieties of Alocasia and five different bioprotection products that are commercially available to growers. The objective was to define a cultural procedure for growing these plants successfully to full maturity without the need for pathogen control chemicals. The results turned out to be inconclusive because of adverse weather events which included cold and rain. This led to much higher rates of mortality unrelated to simple microbe infection.
The plants used were Alocasia robusta, A. villeneuvii, A. sanderiana, A. watsoniana 'Tiffany', A. nebula imperialis, A. rugosa, A. nebula 'Elaine', A. reversa, A. infernalis, and A. reginula 'Black Velvet'.
This bioprotection study is the first in a series of ground-breaking studies focusing on selected aroids and their growth and production. A second study that is in preliminary trials at this time is one using innovative new containers known as Superoots Air-Pots. These containers provide unequalled aeration to the root zone as well as preventing the root circling which is so prevalent in standard nursery containers.
Most of the pictured examples found here are plants actually grown at Aroidia Research. Many examples of our present accomplishments are not yet pictured on this site so as to avoid patentability issues. Seriously interested commercial parties are encouraged to contact us for more information on these newest developments. The Aroidia R & D facility is not open to the public. If you are interested in purchasing plants, please visit Obtaining our plants and/or email us.
Aroidia Research is dedicated to the development of new, hardier, and architecturally interesting aroid plant varieties for foliage and landscape use. Our efforts continue to produce hybrid plants that are significant improvements over what is presently available in the marketplace. Additionally, some of the work at Aroidia is oriented towards the discovery of new means and methods for growing difficult aroid plants successfully to full maturity.
All of the work at Aroidia Research is done with an eye towards the preservation of rare genetic material through incorporation into hybrids that are far more likely to survive under the rigors of 21st century conditions. Many of the most desirable aroids are also the most endangered and difficult to grow, so if this germ plasm is to be preserved over the long term, it must, in our opinion, become a part of the genetic makeup of much hardier stock.
What do we do for funding?
Our newest product to support our work is the Miracle Fruit. We have set up a website for our future sales; it is Miracle Fruit Miami. Once we have inventory ready for sale, an announcement will be made here.
We also distribute surplus aroid plants via mail order sales directly to retail customers. For more information about this, click: Obtaining Our Plants