From: Steve Marak <samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2004.06.24 at 19:00:54(11679)
Linda, I'll have to forward your note to my long-suffering wife, to let
her see how much worse it could be. Back before I knew konjacs were
completely hardy here in zone 6, I kept them indoors over winter, and she
(a teacher) was home on spring break several years when one flowered. I've
come home to find one room of the house closed off with towels stuffed in
the cracks around the door.
I agree that it seems to vary by clone, and I think also from year to year
with the same clone.
In the past, any konjacs indoors always flowered and leafed earlier than
those outdoors, no matter what I did. However, this past fall, I dug a
fair-sized konjac (maybe 8-10", 20-25 cm diameter) to give a friend, never
got it to him, and it is just now putting up an inflorescence, while those
outdoors were done in mid-April.
At this point I've given up trying to influence whether (or understand
why) an amorph stays dormant or doesn't; like the cat, they will do as
they do do and there's no doing anything about it.
But I personally think typhoniums are in general worse, especially in
how a rather small inflorescence can be nearly eye-watering through the