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  Titanum at National Botanic Garden, Washinton, D.C.
From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2003.07.22 at 16:50:53(10422)
Craig Phillips reports that an Amorphophallus titanum which was
seed-sprouted by Fanny Phillips from seed that was donated from Sumatra
by Dr. James Symon ten years ago, is now of large size and about to
bloom at the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

Derek Burch

From: Riley2362 at aol.com on 2003.07.22 at 18:25:26(10424)
Is 10-year old about the "normal" age for a first flowering of Amorphophallus
Michael Riley in NYC
From: "Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden" htbg at ilhawaii.net> on 2003.07.22 at 19:11:41(10425)

The time it takes for the plant to is very much up to the environment in
which it is grown, I think. In my personal garden at home, I have just
(last week) flowered a Titan that was only five years old from seed. It is
planted in the ground, in a well drained site, receiving full sun for about
an hour mid-day and otherwise in dappled shade. The total height of the
inflorescence was just over four feet; so it was a small example of the
potential. The tuber was never dug up to check on the condition or size of
the corm.

From: "Craig Allen" callen at fairchildgarden.org> on 2003.07.22 at 20:00:20(10427)
The first A. titanum 'Mr. Stinky' that bloomed at Fairchild Tropical Garden was only 5 years old the first time it bloomed. The second 'Alice the Amorphophallus' was 6 years old. The last to bloom was 'Audrey lll' and it was 10 years old at first bloom. That of course was grown in Miami's almost tropical weather with lots of fertilizer. One common factor was that each had a tuber over 30 pounds when they first bloomed.

Atlanta Botanical Garden and Marie Selby Botanical Garden (Sarasota, Fl.) bloomed plants at 5 and 6 years old from seed. All 3 gardens had plants from the same Wilbert Hetterscheid/Dr James Symon seed collection.

Craig M. Allen

From: "WEAVER,BILL (HP-USA,ex1)" bill.weaver at hp.com> on 2003.07.22 at 20:54:33(10428)
Have they set up a web cam or other way to keep up to date on its' status?


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