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From: Wilbert Hetterscheid <hetter at vkc.nl> on 1999.07.12 at 04:11:21(3490)

I receive news from several of you that seeds that were sent from the
Leiden Botanical garden of Amorphophallus species arrived damaged. I am
very sorry about this. I will notify the responsable people for this,
which is all I can do right now.

The seed harvest of Am. titanum was a disappointment. About 80% of the
berries turned out to be void. So it is not inconceivable that you get
one seed only (or none..........). However, germination rate of titanum
is 100% (unless the seed is crushed............). Let's hope that the
Selbie plants yield enough seed for all of you.


From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 1999.07.14 at 21:37:45(3501)
About Selby's Amorphophallus titanum:

Wilbert mentioned that they had disappointing seed set in their Am. titanum.
I can't say for sure how ours will come out. The berries are now very plump
and bright orange...swelling up nicely. Part of the spadix did not develop
berries. We did not cut off the spathe as Wilbert recommended, and
pollination is very difficult if you leave the spathe on. A portion of the
back side of the inflores. was difficult for Harry to reach when applying
pollen, so this area (approx. 15% of the total female area) is void of any

Harry Luther did open one of the berries yesterday and found a developing
embryo, so this is positive news.

Donna Atwood
Selby Gardens

From: "Bonaventure W Magrys" <magrysbo at shu.edu> on 1999.07.15 at 04:50:49(3506)
Do you try to put the titanum pollen on any other Amorphs? I'm interested in
hybrid potential and vigor.
Bonaventure Magrys
From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 1999.07.17 at 13:31:22(3523)
No, we had no other Amorphophallus in flower at the time, and an
Amorphophallus titanum hybrid might be pretty scary indeed! Shades of " The
Little Shop of Horrors".

Donna Atwood
Selby Gardens

From: Wilbert Hetterscheid <hetter at vkc.nl> on 1999.07.20 at 14:51:20(3528)
> We did not cut off the spathe as Wilbert recommended
How DARE you...........

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