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Amorphophallus bulbifer -size to bloom
From: "Don Bittel" dbittel at treco.net> on 2000.07.11 at 21:25:37(5064)|
my bulbifer plants usually flower when about 3 feet tall. I had maybe 7
flowers this spring, aound May.
my paeonifolius plants are about the same, flowering when 3 to 4 feet tall.
I had about 20 flowers this spring, also about May. The biggest flowers
will wait to put up a leaf until next spring. My biggest leaf now is about
8 feet, from a big flower last year.
Don't need to worry about the smell though, because my wife makes me cut
them all down when the flies start buzzin'
> From: Jody Haynes
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
> Subject: Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer stories
> Date: Monday, July 10, 2000 10:23 PM
> This will certainly not help you unravel your apparent mystery, but I
> that my A. bulbifer was the first to emerger (from the ground) this year,
> some time
> in May. The bulbils from last year that I had sown in a container earlier
> spring emerged about a month later. My largest plant has a leaf about 3
> feet tall
> now, but still has not flowered. How big does this species need to be
> My A. paenifolius emerged in June and the leaf reached 4 feet. This one
> also has
> not flowered...again same question: how big 'til it blooms?
> Jody (in Miami)
> Albert Huntington wrote:
> > Hello, List.
> > I would like to bring up a couple of observations about my A.
> > ask some questions.
> > I keep my A. bulbifer in a greenhouse (low 65F, high 90F, Humidity
> >80%+), and
> > around last September I noticed that the leaf ( about 2ft high ) was
> > to wilt, perhaps in preparation for dormancy of some sort. Since the
> >plant had
> > been growing pretty vigorously, I figured that I would try out a
> >procedure that
> > I had read on the list for taking petiole cuttings, and harvest a few
> > bulbils along the way. I removed the leaf from the tuber and cut the
> > into 2-3" long sections which I sealed into a plastic bag with some
> > sphagnum peat. I stored the tuber in the fridge over the winter,
> >figuring that
> > I did not have room for the plant with everything else overwintering in
> > greenhouse, should it decide to come back up. I also stored a bunch of
> > tubers that had formed attached to the big tuber.
> > Much to my amazement, the petioles did in fact form even more little
> > after a month or two.
> > Now, in March, I figured it was time to pot out the tubers, so I took
> > from the fridge, where they had kept relatively well, and I planted
> > pots in the greenhouse. I then proceeded to wait. And wait. And
> > About early June, a few of the small tubers had sprouted, but not the
> > one. Now, in July, I finally see a small pink shoot on top of my
> > tuber. Some more of the smaller tubers I had potted up are beginning
> > sprout. Every single other Amorph I have, including the ones Wilbert
> >sent out
> > this spring, is pretty much in full leaf by now. This is somewhat
> >puzzling to
> > me.
> > Does anyone have any suggestions as to why my A. bulbifer and its
> > should be poking their heads out so late this year? Is it because I
> > the plant by cutting off its head a bit early? Does it have something
> > with its long siesta in the fridge? Is A. bulbifer just a late
> > Anybody else have any experiences like this with other species?
> > Thanks in advange for your answers...
> > --Albert
> > =====
> > Albert Huntington San Jose, CA U.S.A.
> > Visit my greenhouse at:
> > http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Jungle/1436
> > -----------------------------------------------
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