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SYDNEY. NSW. 2000
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Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2008 15:21:26 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: myeakel21 at earthlink.net
Subject: [Aroid-l] The tiny titan in St Paul
To: aroid-l at www.gizmoworks.com
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I am finally getting a chance to catch my breath after the whirlwind of
activity surrounding the Titan last week!! Just an update as to how the
BOB was placed in our former gift shop area on April 3rd. There are no
greenhouse controls in this area so the room was either too hot, too
cold and too dry! So the next bloomer will stay in a greenhouse!
The inflorescence maxed out at 28 1/2" tall! Only half of the spathe was
formed. The spathe never opened fully so there was no measurement of
width taken. There was lots of aroma when we came to work on April 9th
at 7am. The strong smell lasted through the day and really tapered off
the next day about 11AM. Even today, there is still enough scent to
remind me that the plant is back in the greenhouse!
In hindsight, I think that I kept the corm too dry during dormancy and
the environmental conditions were challenging in the Parlor area where
it was displayed. This plant was started in 1993 from seed collected by
James Symon. This plant also was in a smallish pot, that ended up
breaking. There were two corms in the pot---BOB was 25 lbs and there was
a second corm that was 13 lbs. The 13 pounder has not broken dormancy
yet. They were both transplanted on Oct 31 2007.
Thanks for all the historical info! I am hoping to look at it in depth
when I get a chance!
To see a timelapsed photo, please check the Como Zoo and Conservatory
webpage. There is a gardeners blog.
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