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  Dracunculus vulcaris jello
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1998.05.12 at 19:11:42(2108)
I obtained a Dracunculus vulgaris and was quite enthused about it's
appearance. Already 36" high with a fat tuber, it seemed that it would
become easily established and would even flower next year.

Today, the stalk had fallen over and where it attached to the tuber appears
to have rotted; the area had a sour smell and felt mushy. The rest of the
tuber was quite solid and roots were still white.

I buried it in the ground again. My question is: is there any chance it
will come back? Is there anything I could have done to prevent this short
of preventing the monsoons that have plagued Long Island for the past two

From: Judy Bauer <jbauer at concordnc.com> on 1998.05.13 at 08:15:50(2110)
Hi Les,
This same thing happened to my Dracunculus vulgaris but it came back the next
year and the next. Since I bought this plant from Breck's catalogue December
1990, it has only given me one good showy bloom of about 18 inches high. This
year the foliage came up then came along a frost which zapped it back into the
ground. If I tried to find the bulb I probably couldn't since it has probably
turned to mush. But it will return late next winter or early spring here in US
plant zone 7. And there will be more of them.

Judy Bauer

From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1998.05.13 at 19:09:01(2117)
Wow, wait a whole year for new growth? Nah, I wanted one for this season.
I called the folks from whom I had ordered it and they're going to replace
it if they have any left in stock. It's disappointing because, as I said,
it was already 36" high. I don't know if it was a diseased tuber or if it
was the weather (animals were lining up in twos and were entering these
large wooden boats).
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