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  Upside-down amorphophallus - advice needed
From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk at netgate.net> on 1997.06.09 at 07:31:43(811)
Well, so I decided to inspect assorted amorphophalli which by my
reckoning should have sprouted long time ago, and found that the
bulbil of A.muelleri has been planted upside down, and that the
emerging stalk has already made a u-turn about the bulbil (which
has sprouted roots in the downward direction, instead of more usual
sideways). Now I have a dilemma: this is the only A.muelleri I have
(the one thought to have been muelleri 2 years ago has proven to be
a bulbifer), and I'd like to make sure it is happy. The question
now is: should I leave it be (in the already confused state of
affairs), turn it around (possibly just increasing the confusion),
or perhaps go for a partial solution and turn it by 90 degrees?-)

Intuition tells me to leave it alone, since in nature the bulbils
surely fall whichever way up, so they must be able to survive
somehow. Does anyone agree/disagree?

KK

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From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1997.06.09 at 11:21:08(814)
KK,
I would follow your intution and put it back the way it was....
Dewey

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From: "NAME \"Wilbert Hetterscheid\"" <W.HETTER at pbga.agro.nl> on 1997.06.09 at 11:25:37(815)
Dear Kris,

Just leave the muelleri bulbil as it is. You were right about them falling
on the ground randomly, so it should be o.k. It'll produce its first tuber
in good orientation. Enjoy this little beauty!

Cheers, Wilbert

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