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  Re: Amorphophallus konjac
From: "Jared R. Shortman" <jared at libcong.com> on 1998.07.02 at 13:21:41(2404)
Mark Dimmitt is the man to listen to since he has been doing this (growing
Amorphophallus spp. in this hot Tucson climate) a lot longer than I. However
I have my plants in about a 70% organics (sphagnum peat and reed sedge peat
usually) and 30% inorganics (vermiculite, perlite usually and sometimes
pumice added). Sometimes the mix varies to about 50/50 respectively. The
plants are not in a lot of sun-almost no direct sun. They never really go
dry either. I am a potting freak. I never let the plants get too root bound
(maybe I should try to let them do so?!). My plants don't complain. They
seem healthy. I don't fertilize an awful lot but I also, as I mentioned
before, rarely let any of my plants get root bound. This saves me on
fertilizing I think. I don't have a huge amount of aroids but want more.
Especially Amorphophallus spp. My greenhouse can reach the same temps as
Dimmitt's-into the hundreds some days, mostly the highs in the summers are
mid Nineties (F.). I have a very general philosophy about plants, almost too
simple. If the plant is growing, water it a lot, bump it up, and fertilize
it. If it is dormant leave it alone and keep it very lightly moist (a few
exceptions here, some I let get bone-dry). Of course I grow all sorts of

Jared R. Shortman

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