--- On Tue, 9/9/08, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:
From: Wilbert Hetterscheid
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus myosuroides
To: "Discussion of aroids"
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 11:10 PM
Am. myosuroides is a member of a recently disvovered new group in
Amorphophallus (incl. also Am. ongsakulii and a new one to be described).
These have a very different growth cycle from "normal" Amorphs. The
will develop several leaves during one season and may start flowering
after a few months, alongside the leaves and then they may even produce
more flowers in one season. VERY un-Amorphophallus but there it is.
In my collection myosuroides is now also going dormant and even though the
leaves are dying down, it is still producing flowers so it is perfectly
healthy. Maybe the bud at the base of the dying leaf is a flower. I don't
think there's anything to worry about. Just water less and let the plants
go dormant. Maybe the flower will still develop on its own, fed by the
reserves in the tuber. Keep the tubers dry during dormancy and you'll have
several hundreds of them in a short while.
Maybe Alan Galloway (the discoverer of this group) has additional
experience to tell us.
> Maybe you can tell me what is going on here. These guys started growing
> about 2 weeks before spring time due to artificial light and heat.For half
> of the time until now, they were growing indoors, the other half of the
> time, they have been in my tropical green house where it is about 60%
> shaded but gets very hot and humid.For quite a while, they did real well
> in there. There are 4 bulbs, first year off sets and 14 leaves with new
> leaves still sprouting. Ive also been experimenting on them with plant
> steroids (Brassinolide) but that was in the beginning. The steroids really
> got them going. At lease it appeared that they did but Ive never grown
> these before so I have no control group to compare them to. Anyway, that
> being said, does anyone know what it going on with them? are they perhaps
> starting to die back for the year? Then again, each yellow leave has a new
> one coming up under it. Ive never had yellowing like this before but I
> have had lots of leaves
> grow and die back with each leaf coming after it being bigger.
> Thank you,
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