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  buying amorphophallus
From: R2OT at aol.com on 2001.02.02 at 20:53:33(5904)
My name is Zach Killoy.
I am 9 years old. I live in MA. I am interested in Aroids.
email address: R2OT@aol.com one
aroid genus i am interested in is amorphophallus. i vvould like to get an
established collection but found that some more atractive rare species are
harder to find(a.gigas and a.pendulus) . is there anywhere that sells these 2
rare species?

From: Iza & Carol Goroff goroff at idcnet.com> on 2001.02.03 at 10:24:11(5905)
You should consider that these plants, if and when they bloom, emit
a terrible stench, earning the nickname of "Big Stinky". Do your parents
know what you are planning? Do you have a space sufficiently isolated that
you and your parents (or the plants) would not be driven from your house?
Iza Goroff
From: Carol Ann Bonner cadastra at mindspring.com> on 2001.02.03 at 18:09:24(5906)
Nine-year old Zach's post got me thinking that I should be sharing my
Amorphophallus tubers with my nece and nephew who live in Olympia, WA. Are
there any aroiders on this list who live in that area who can tell me about
what the growing season for amorphs is there? I'd like to send some tubers
when the pots can go out on the porch, but maybe it's never really warm
enough there. Suggestions for times and species?


Carol Ann in Nashville where we actually have warmth in the summer

From: R2OT at aol.com on 2001.02.03 at 18:09:57(5907)
My name is Zach Killoy.
I am 9 years old. I live in MA. I am interested in Aroids.
email address: R2OT@aol.com i do
knovv this,i am not so happy about the smell but the unusual look of the
plants equals to their beauty. i live in ma. but when they flower in the
summer i think i can keep them outside. My parents do know about this,they
are very tolerant to my hobies

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.02.03 at 22:18:39(5909)
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From: R2OT at aol.com on 2001.02.04 at 07:48:36(5912)
julius boos- actualy i am
currently growing a small corm of amorphophallus titanum a 54 pound tuber of
a.paeoniifolius and a 20 pound tuber of a.konjak.the solitary leaves grow to
an amazing height so i keep them outside most of the time.

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.02.04 at 09:38:00(5914)
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Sunday, February 04, 2001 10:48 AMSubject: Re: Fw: buying
amorphophallus Dear Zack,
fantastic! I felt sure that the length of your warmer 'growing
season' up North would not allow the species such as A. titanum and even the
commoner A. paeon. the length of warm weather/time and light that they are
said to need for good tuber formation, but if you have been growing them for
a number of g seasons, GREAT! I was going to suggest A 'konjac',
as I know that this species does very well further
Welcome to the club, Zack, and the
best of luck!
From: "Michael Pascall" mpascall at eisa.net.au> on 2001.02.04 at 20:09:33(5916)
A.pendulus is hard to find because it is hard to grow !
Malesiana Tropicals had it listed, for a reasonable price, it may still be
available.Michael Pascall

From: "Susan Cooper" SCooper at cooperpower.com> on 2001.02.05 at 06:53:20(5919)
Wow, Zach,
Time to tell us your story! Where did you get your tubers, how long have you been growing them, how did you get them so big?? I am jealous!

From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 2001.02.08 at 09:06:55(5926)

I remember when I was your age I discovered that while visiting South
Africa my grandmother had joined purchased copies of the journal of the
South African Botanical Society. On reading through these, I discovered
that for the pittance of membership, which I could afford even on a 1958
allowance, I'd not only get the journal, but a number (20 I think) of
packets of free seeds of South African wildflowers, as part of their
preservation program. I had no idea what these seeds were but a lot of
the fun of getting them (not many were viable after months at sea; I couldn't
afford air fare for them) was just seeing what came up. I only wish I
had discovered aroids then, but at that time I had become fixated on
the proteas, which never did seem viable when I got them...later an article
appeard in the journal suggesting that the key to getting these seeds to
sprout was to provide a constant moist wind. Weird... Another I really
wanted was Disa uniflora but the seed never did anything for me. Then
an article appeared in the journal suggesting that for success, I needed
soil from 'beneath the common black wattle tree...' I've still never seen
a Disa. What world of discovery there is out there.

BTW, the Botanical Society of South Africa is online at:

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