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  Amorphophallus titanum bloom - Cockrell Butterfly
From: "Derek Burch" <derek at horticulturist.com> on 2010.08.15 at 04:53:59(21281)
The results of this experiment will be
very interesting to follow. I would have been very cautious about trying it
since I would have thought ethylene is more likely to inhibit flowering then
encourage it. An aging banana or apple certainly works in inducing flowering in
bromeliads (and was the precursor of an ethylene (usually ethrel) treatment
that is pretty standard commercial practice now to time a crop’s
flowering), as many supermarkets who had the flower section next to the produce
department found, when their flowers aged and died prematurely.

Onward with science, and good luck Houston.

Derek

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From: "E.Vincent Morano" <ironious2 at yahoo.com> on 2010.08.15 at 11:37:55(21282)
He is using the ethylene gas given off of the bananas to help the process it would seem. I myself have successfully used ethylene to force all my amorphophallus tubers to sprout at the same time. I did this last year. This year I did not do this so I could see of they would sprout at the same time or at different times. As of now mid August, I still have some that are just barely now breaking the surface of the soil.

However, I did not have success doing this to a.mulleri, it just ripened like a peice of fruit. Is smelled like a very ripe pinaple and just turned soft. Unfortunatly it was my only one so I cannot experiment further on a.mulleri

I refuse to participate in the recession,
Erin Vincent Morano

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