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Re: symplocarpus (skunk cabbage) querys

  • Subject: Re: symplocarpus (skunk cabbage) querys
  • From: Bob Burns <bobburns61@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 22:28:13 -0500 (CDT)

About skunk-cabbage:
      Though I have none around me now and would love
some (in central GA) I grew up in MI in skunk-cabbage
heaven.  I would mark the plants you want to move
somehow and wait till they go dormant, say late in the
summer or in the fall, to move them.  There is a
rhizome down there, and on a big one it can be both
deeper and bigger than you might think.  If you must
try to move one while growing, then be prepared to dig
up a huge root ball all around and under the
plant...like maybe the size of a bushel basket?  When
they are dormant there won't be as many live roots
attached to the rhizome and it will tolerate their
loss better.  Of course moving a small one would be
proportionally easier.  I'd guess, too, that it would
be a slow process to grow this to blooming size from
seed...like maybe five years?  You should be able to
find some closer to you, too...it's pretty common up
                Bob Burns
--- Mike Bosold <mbosold@meijergardens.org> wrote:
> While at me friends house last night I walked his
> new property and found
> myself surrounded by skunk cabbage,  what a lovely
> sight!  Beautiful and
> very prolific. Was thinking about transplanting some
> to the gardens here in
> our native/wet areas.  I was wondering if these
> transplant well, and when
> the best time to do it would be.  They are fully
> showing the spathe/spadix
> and the leaf bud is about 1" tall.  Most are about
> medium to large size and
> look quite mature.  Should I choose the bigger ones
> or the smaller ones?
> The area here is almost identical in soil and
> moisture content.  Any
> help/suggestions would be appreciated!  Thanks
> Mike
> p.s.  what about seed starting, any comments on this
> cool plant
> appreciated...
> Michael Bosold
> Outdoor Horticulturist
> Frederik Meijer Gardens
> 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE
> Grand Rapids, MI 49525
> ph. 616-977-7694
> fax.616-975-9545
> mbosold@meijergardens.org
> www.meijergardens.org

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