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  How big is big enough?
From: "Randall M. Story" story at caltech.edu> on 2002.04.14 at 04:03:14(8541)

I'm curious if there is any interest in starting a discussion or compiling a
list as to what constitutes "blooming size" for various species. I'm
thinking primarily of Amorphophallus and related stinky tuberous aroids,
although it need not be limited to these.

I realize that estimates depend on one's growing conditions, the particular
cultivar, luck, etc. However even SOME guess as to when a particular plant
"might" bloom, with a size range or "ballpark" number would be useful, to me
at least. It would be nice to know whether a particular tuber has a chance
of blooming at 1 inch or 4 inches or not till 8 inches in diameter!

This information seems particularly hard to find, even more so than
estimates of cold hardiness.

Do people think this is a good idea? If there is any interest, people could
send me their experiences and if I get enough responses I could post a list
here. I'm guessing that even a short list of the most commonly available
species could be useful to a lot of us.

A specific question I have at the moment: how big does an A. bulbifer tuber
have to be to have some chance of blooming?


Randy Story

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