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  Dracontium spruceanum
From: Mary Jane Hatfield <oneota at ames.net> on 1999.02.08 at 01:24:44(3012)

I'm very new to Dracontiums so would like some advice.
My Dracontium spruceanum is about 4 1/2 - 5 ft tall, depending on where
I measure it. Over the course of the last month or so it has bloomed.
The bloom should begin to fade anytime now and the plant's 3 part leaf
(?) is fading. Would the plant be going dormant? Or should I unpot it
with the boom still intact and see if the tuber is turning to mush and
the plant dying.

From: Aroideae at aol.com on 1999.02.08 at 03:47:42(3014)
Dear Mary Jane,

I've grown Dracontium spruceanum for a number of years and it has never gone
dormant under my greenhouse conditions---min. temp. 60deg F in winter. At
present, it is in bloom and has 3 leaves in various stages of growth or
decline, and a new 4th leaf emerging!! So, it's my guess that your tuber is
probably fine, but you could check it anyway. My plant has been in a
condition exactly as what you describe and you'll probably soon see a new leaf
coming if the plant is kept warm. I'd cut back slightly on the watering
though, until you see the new leaf. Lovely plant!!!

Very best,
Lynn Hannon

From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 1999.02.08 at 03:53:50(3015)
Mary Jane....it most likely is going dormant. Of course, there are two kinds
of dormancy....living and permanently dormant, ie. dead. Be patient, I think
you will find all is well. Do not over water and watch.......Betsy

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