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  Titan Watch 8/25/99
From: "Craig M. Allen" cm_allen at yahoo.com> on 1999.08.26 at 06:32:11(3598)
I finished the Amorphophallus titanum display at noon, just in time for the photographer from the Miami Herald to take pictures. Hopefully we will make the morning paper.

Tomorrow the display opens to the public. The t-shirts should be here in the morning, note cards and mouse pads soon.

The plant grew another 5" since it was measured yesterday. It is now 53.25"

Fairchild's web site:
should be updated by now, with the new measurements and photos of the display. The Garden is still searching for someone who might do time lapse photography for us.

On a sad note, the bloom on the Amorphophallus gigas did not survive the move to the auditorium. The tremendous storm we had 2 days ago must have damaged the 116" inflorescence. It snapped off at the top of the bulb as soon as its pot was moved.

Thank heavens the A. titanum made it. It was not easy to move. I had help from 5 of our our Gardeners. It was slowly wheeled up to the display location by hand. I worried over every bump in the road, only to find that it wouldn't fit through the auditorium door. We had to tip the pot, which is huge. I was so afraid that it might have met the fate of the A. gigas, but it cleared, and so did my stomach knots.

Don and Terri Blechman owners of Landscape Lighting by Outdoor Gardens, Inc. donated halogen track lighting to help light the display. It was being installed as I finished up the display. Now it really looks beautiful in it's lanscaped setting. "Stinky Plant" is ready for it's Grand Opening.

Craig M. Allen

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