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  Oh No! Amorphophallic Trauma!
From: Dana Scholle <dana at basement.homecom.com> on 1997.03.21 at 09:20:24(521)
Hiya, this is the first time I've posted, I think to this group, although
I've lurked for a while. I have a little problem: I got an Amorphophallus
Konjac last year, and this spring it's been doing really well, was putting
up a leaf about four inches tall so far- UNTIL- my lovely cat came along and
broke it! Snapped it off right where the petiole meets the leaves. So, is my
little lovely doomed? I've been doting on this thing for the past month
watching it grow, and I am really disappointed that this happened (Not to
mention that he smashed a bunch of my orchids while at it. ) Will it produce
another leaf? Is there anything else I can do or should I hop on the phone
with Plant Delights this unstant? Thanks all :)
Dana Scholle (dana@homecom.com)
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From: "NAME \"Wilbert Hetterscheid\"" <W.HETTER at pbga.agro.nl> on 1997.03.21 at 12:19:45(522)
Dear Dana,

First off, I am glad you have again proven why cats are a superfluous
species!

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From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1997.03.21 at 12:25:07(523)
Dana Scholle writes:
> Hiya, this is the first time I've posted, I think to this group, although
> I've lurked for a while. I have a little problem: I got an Amorphophallus
> Konjac last year, and this spring it's been doing really well, was putting
> up a leaf about four inches tall so far- UNTIL- my lovely cat came along and
> broke it! Snapped it off right where the petiole meets the leaves. So, is my
> little lovely doomed? I've been doting on this thing for the past month
> watching it grow, and I am really disappointed that this happened (Not to
> mention that he smashed a bunch of my orchids while at it. ) Will it produce
> another leaf? Is there anything else I can do or should I hop on the phone
> with Plant Delights this unstant? Thanks all :)
Dana,
I had a similar attempted amorphophallicide last year when a squirrel dug up my
sprouting A. bulbifer tuber and made off with it. I marshalled the neighborhood
children, who found the wounded tuber. I dusted it with sulfur and repotted
it. After a short while, it re-sprouted and finished the season apparently
unaware of the incident. I would bet that your konjac will resprout also.

Clear skies,
Al

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From: "Don Bittel" <dbittel at treco.net> on 1997.03.21 at 22:06:59(524)
Dear Dana, Please let me know the outcome. My husband has numerous
amorphopalli(?) and if that's all it takes for them to meet their
maker...things can be arranged. Don't take me wrong, but what is the
appeal of something that smells so bad that the neighbors wonder if a goat
died in the yard? It seems that each spring we play the hiding game;
waiting to sniff out the errant bulb that got carted away by the raccoons,
or simply misplaced by my distracted husband. Trust me, I don't think they
can be easily hurt. And God almighty but those flowers do stink!
p bittel in care of dbittel@treco.com

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