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My experience with Amorphophallus blooms has
been to remove them just before or just after
opening. I have several now that weigh over
7 pounds each. The odor to say the least is
These plants reside in the basement under lights,
and after flowering, I do not start a watering regime,
until the leaf has emerged at least 1 foot out of the soil.
Other cultural notes - In the fall, all Amorphophallus are lifted
out of the containers after dying down. All are inspected
for rot, insects, and general conditions. Then they are repotted.
I use a soilless mix which is about 65% pine bark, 20 to 25 % compost,
the remainder is sand, some mushroom compost, perlite and or pumice.
If needed, fungicide is applied either as a soil drench, or the tubers
are put into a bath.
Off shoots are removed, repotted into smaller containers,
I use Anderson Die & manufacturing Bandpots for propagation.
Once the plants show sustained growth, they are fertilized twice a month
with a low nitrogen fertilizer, from roughly the end of March / April
until August. By the end of August, or beginning of September, they begin
to go into their dormancy phase.
I like the flowers, but as was previously posted, the leaf canopy,and
of course as they mature, their stems and size become more impressive every year.
Michael Kolaczewski Elgin, IL