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From: "Dr. C. R. Waldron" <cwaldron at frognet.net> on 1998.12.15 at 09:29:09(2825)
Yesterday, Amorphophallus curvistylis sent up a shoot after having been
asleep for 16 months (it went dormant on August 12, 1997). With new
members joining the list, it seems worth mentioning that, when growing
some aroids, patience is not only a virtue--it is essential!

A small A. odoratus tuber has also just emerged. Others planted last
spring were up in a few weeks, grew, and have gone dormant while
"sleepyhead" has just decided to wake up. Then their was the
Amorphophallus konjac that bloomed in February 1997 and promptly went
dormant for 13 months finally sending up a leaf at the end of April 1998
(two others that bloomed the same year rested for just a couple of
months before sending up leaves).

So then just a reminder--be patient, and don't give up and throw it out
until you are sure it is dead (the same advice Wilbert gave in Aroideana
19, p.24).

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.mobot.org> on 1998.12.15 at 11:16:32(2826)
> So then just a reminder--be patient, and don't give up and throw it out
> until you are sure it is dead (the same advice Wilbert gave in Aroideana
> 19, p.24).

My motto is, if you find anything resembling a tuber/corm/whatever, save
it, unless of course it is mush.

While unpotting tubers this past weekend I noted a number of phalloids
just waking up after only two months or dormancy. So back on the benches
these plants went. My concern at this point is that our "cool" zone 10b
weather may force some of these to go dormant again with little or no
tuber left. Our weather here, until the past several days has been
exceptionally warm, 78F or higher and in low 70s at night, and this may
have stimulated some of this activity. But it is finally cooling off the
last day or so dropping into the 50s at night.

One week ago one A. titanum decided to wake up after being dormant for 10
weeks. Not wanting to disturb the tuber I repotted it and the entire mass
of medium around it into a 30 gallon container. Dreams of an
inflorescence persist!

The Urospathas are now beginning to flower again. The cooler weather
seems to stimulate inflorescence production in this genus. Will be out
there with the paint brush this weekend hoping to stimulate some
reproductive activity.

Don

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