From: Steve Marak <samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 1997.01.07 at 16:27:27(63)|
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Sender: Craig Smith
Subject: A. Konjac question
After I wrote a comment on Mr. Fisk’s question, I thought I’d share ano=
ther bit of
experience and ask for comments and suggestions.
This last year I have been fortunate to discover that 4 of my A. Konjac=
started to ‘flower’. I have enjoyed trying to grow them a little bette=
larger each year, with pretty good results compared to my earlier, rather p=
results. The best results so far was by planting only one in each large po=
the diameter of the tuber). I use a mix of “All-Grow” (a compost of sa=
the remains of brewing beer), some sterile potting soil, and some perlite t=
lighten it up. Maybe once over the summer I water it with Rapid-Grow. Oth=
I just water it when the top couple inches are dry. Usually the rain takes=
of it. The tubers that grow to 5-600 grams / 3-4 inches don’t get spikes=
flowers, just offshoots. When they are over 1000 gms / 4-5 inches they do.=
largest one so far is 5.5 Kgs and has a really big spike started. The tube=
almost 10 inches across and over 6 inches high. Each year they get larger =
they stop growing early, like if the wind gets them. The medium size ones =
have the most offshoots, sometimes 10-15. I have given a bunch to the loca=
garden center to sell in their fund-raiser with great results.
So here are the questions.
- How big do the tubers, plants and flowers get????
- Mine seem to last about 4-5 months before the plant turns yellow and fall=
Can I start them earlier somehow and/or keep them growing longer in the fa=
they grow bigger???
- What factor(s) cause them to go dormant???
- Sometimes with the larger tubers , the offshoots are not completely forme=
a new tuber, just a growing tip on the end of a fat root. Why???
- I read somewhere that they use the tubers like potatoes in the far east. =
tried to eat one???
Thanks for the information and comments.