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  Unpotted Amorphophallus & Blooms
From: leezmoney1 at comcast.net on 2011.01.12 at 02:24:35(21726)
This is only me second year with Amorphs, but boy has my collection grown. Question I have is in regards to blooms. Several of my tubers are stored dry, but are starting to slowly shoot up. I'm familiar with a Konjac blooming as mine did last year. Can I leave them unpotted as they shoot up, and if it is a bloom leave them unpotted? I did this with my Konjac and everything went fine. I'm talking about A. Bulbifer, Saromatum Venosum, A. Astrovirdis, etc. Please help this newbie!!!


From: Ken Mosher <ken at spatulacity.com> on 2011.01.12 at 19:22:00(21734)
To the poster who did not take the time
to provide a name:

The species you mentioned have often been left out of soil even when
blooming and do not strictly require it. However, Wilbert
Hetterscheid posted not too long ago that no Amorphophallus should
be allowed to bloom out of soil. He said that many times they will
put out some roots when blooming that can take in moisture. Wilbert
is much more knowledgeable than I am so I won't elaborate any more
than this.

I can also say, however, that blooming takes a lot of resources out
of a tuber. Once you've seen a particular species bloom once or
twice you might consider cutting the growing inflorescence off in
its early stages and save all that stored energy for new leaf
production instead of flowering.




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