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  Re: [aroid-l] A. titanum on eBay
From: Tony Avent <tony at plantdelights.com> on 2004.03.21 at 09:27:08(11319)

There has been quite a bit of mis-information recently about
Amorphophallus titanum propagation. First, there is no difference in the
quality of resulant plants whether the plants are propagated from tissue
culture, leaf cuttings, or seed. Second, it does matter how well and how
large the plants have been grown since propagation. Third, tissue culture
has only been successful on a very limited basis and will probably never be
done enough to get the price down to what most people consider reasonable.
Weaning plants from tissue culture can be very difficult and can easily
result in the loss of an entire crop. Most of the top commercial tissue
culture labs in America have tried this crop and ten years later only a few
hundred plants have ever reached the public.

We have grown plants from all three methods and find that once the plants
reach 8-12" in height, they are fine to sell. At this size, our loss rate
is zero. Below this size the bulb is virtually non-existant, then stem is
limp, and plant can be easily killed with even the slightest of improper
care...usually overwatering. I hope this helps.

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