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  Stopping the Stink
From: James Waddick <jwaddick at kc.rr.com> on 2009.03.30 at 09:00:38(19209)
Dear Aroiders,

I justread this entry at the Cistus Nursery site at

http://www.cistus.com/mailorder/CistusMailOrderWinter2009.pdf

Sauromatum venosum monarch of the east

Striking, tuberous Araceae, the spring flowers (spathe) mottledin fleshy pink to metallic maroon and followed

by an attractive, single leaf on a 2-3 ft petiole. Stunning,especially in flower. Very tropical. Also aromatic,

redolent of fly-attracting odors that can be mitigated by aspray of water or left to work their own kind of

magic. Half sun and regular summer water.

Havingrecently been driven briefly out of the house by a blooming plant inthe basement, I wonder if this is true. Could I have simply sprayedthe inflorescence with water and eliminated the stink ?

Anyonehave experience with this method?

Manythanks. JimW.

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Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
USA

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From: Steve Marak <samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2009.03.31 at 20:41:10(19211)
Jim,

Haven't tried it for Sauromatum/Typhonium/whatever it is this month, but
I suspect it would work.

About 1986 or so, walking by a room deep within Wal-Mart's general office
I noticed a huge bouquet of Dracunculus vulgaris inflorescences in a vase.
I'd never seen them before, and was so entranced that I buzzed about them
like a fly, but there was no odor whatever, and none of her co-workers
were the least upset.

The lady who brought them in said that she "deodorized" them by washing
the inflorescences out with a garden hose. I've tried it with equal
success several times. Another option that works for me is to cut them and
submerge in a bucket of water for a few hours (discarding the water, of
course!).

Steve

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From: James Waddick <jwaddick at kc.rr.com> on 2009.04.02 at 11:32:23(19219)
>About 1986 or so, walking by a room deep within Wal-Mart's general office
>I noticed a huge bouquet of Dracunculus vulgaris inflorescences in a vase.

> The lady who brought them in said that she "deodorized" them by washing
>the inflorescences out with a garden hose. I've tried it with equal
>success several times.

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