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Re: optimizing Amorphophallus growth

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: optimizing Amorphophallus growth
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 17:24:46 -0500 (CDT)


Go for the open ground! If you manage to give the plant a six-month growing
season as minimum, you'll probably get much better results than in a pot!


----- Original Message -----
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus@earthlink.net>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: woensdag 4 april 2001 23:50
Subject: optimizing Amorphophallus growth

> Will an amorphophallus grow appreciably better planted directly in the
> ground than it does in a pot?  I picked up a 4" paeoniifolius tuber while
> visiting Selby last week and want it to grow the most possible over this
> next growing season.  What's best for it?
> The trade offs are:
> In the ground it will have unlimitted root growth.  It's a high compost
> soil mix that can be fertilized in any way the plant wants.  The problem
> though is that once late September comes around, evening temperatures will
> begin to drop significantly.  In mid October, nights will begin to dip in
> the 40s.
> In a pot, I could bring it into the greenhouse whenever it would be
> recommended.  Unfortunately, it would be going from a sunny location to
> open shade since my greenhouse gets direct sunlight only when the oak
> leaves are down.  Also, it might not be able to get quite so much sunlight
> in a pot as it would in the soil.
> So - what's best?
>          Les

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