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  konjack outside
From: "Steve Hatfield" <sehatfield at insightbb.com> on 2007.05.13 at 07:32:18(15672)
Hello all

How deep should I plant some konjack tubers outside in zone 5? I have
several small (quarter sized) tubers that I want to try outside. Should I
grow them another year in pots or should they go in the ground this year?
Also should they get planted outside in the fall or spring??

Thanks Steve

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From: Don Martinson <LLmen at wi.rr.com> on 2007.05.13 at 14:52:24(15676)
Hello Steve,

I'm also in Zone 5 (Milwaukee, WI) and I always plant my konjac tubers
outside for the summer. In our short season, they need all the sunlight and
warmth they can get.

Spring would be the time to plant, as I have not heard of anyone reliably
keeping konjac tubers in the ground over winter this far north.

However, I had an interesting observation earlier this spring. My konjac
bloomed in February (earlier than the usual March, since I kept it at
between 65-70F instead of in the basement, where temps are closer to 50F).

As is my wont, I took the blooming plant down to my place of business to
impress and gross out employees and customers alike (it's OK, I own the
place). After the bloom was done, I planned to bring the tuber back home
in my car. Unfortunately, I left the tuber in the car in my detached
garage on a nite when the temperatures dropped to about 10F. Unfortunately,
I can't document the actual temperature reached in my car, but I would think
that it was considerably below freezing. However. I kept the tuber and it
has now put up a small shoot. I think the main reason it could survive such
a low temperature was that the tuber was still at least partially dormant
at the time, meaning not in active growth.

Don Martinson

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From: Ken Mosher <ken at spatulacity.com> on 2007.05.13 at 17:08:20(15678)
Don,

A big part of your tuber's survival was likely that it was completely
dry. There's a big difference between dry cold and damp cold.

Sometimes tubers survive Winter outdoors in CT (zone 5) in a protected
spot. I tried two, one in Old Saybrook, on the shore and warmer than my
house by a lot. It did not survive (a largish tuber, more than 1 or 2
years old). The second was in Manchester right against my friends house
where it would get warmth from the foundation and a little less water
because the overhang and gutters would protect it somewhat. It did not
survive. Again, a largish tuber that grew great the summer before it
died and I planted it DEEP - as deep as I could dig with my little hand
shovel, at least 8 inches.

-Ken

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From: <hostas at fuse.net> on 2007.05.13 at 19:42:54(15679)
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio zone 5/6
I have had Konjac planted outside for 5 years.
The plants come up late and don't flower, but I now get about 5 plants. I planted it 10 inches deep.

--
Betty

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From: bonaventure at optonline.net on 2007.05.22 at 14:38:17(15696)
Don, you still own that restaurant? Good thing the health inspector didn't come when you had that stinky konjac there you sick pup! Whadja customers think of the smell, could you blame it on a leaky dumpster?

Bo in NJ, where somewhere in my garden is hiding a Sauromatum or Dracunculus (not likely) flower, I nose it.

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From: Don Martinson <LLmen at wi.rr.com> on 2007.05.23 at 16:44:44(15698)
Title: Re: [Aroid-l] konjack outside

On 5/22/07 4:38 PM, "bonaventure@optonline.net" wrote:

Don, you still own that restaurant? Good thing the health inspector didn't come when you had that stinky konjac there you sick pup! Whadja customers think of the smell, could you blame it on a leaky dumpster?

Hi Bo,

Fortunately, I was in Baja California at the time and one of my bartenders sniffed it out and moved it into the basement!!

Don

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