A list is a good idea. If it contained photos of
the petiole and the leaf of all of the species, it would be a GREAT idea.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2002 12:37
Subject: Re: How big is big enough? and
how tall do they get?
I think this is something most Amorphophallus
growers are interested in. The list you propose is a very good idea!
I would like to take the chance
to add the question how tall they get at a definite tuber size (lets say at
good light and growing conditions):
Would any one know, if there is a close correlation between tuber size
and PETIOLE HIGHT in Amorphophallus titanum?
If someone has figures or even an idea, I would be
very intersted. (It could tell me when to built a higher greenhouse for my
A.t. or do something different; see below)
I ask this in the same context as I asked for the effect of growth
retardants on the petiole hight of A.t. or other big aroids with a single leaf
some time ago. I did not get a response when I posted my question, but I think
it should work, since growth retardants generally inhibit cell elongation to a
certain extent. (Normally they are used in horticulture to shorten internode
length in ornamentals like Poinsettias and others)
Looking forward to any comment!
"Randall M. Story"
> I'm curious if there is any
interest in starting a discussion or compiling a
> list as to what constitutes "blooming size" for
various species. I'm
primarily of Amorphophallus and related stinky tuberous aroids,
> although it need not be
limited to these.
> I realize that estimates
depend on one's growing conditions, the particular
> cultivar, luck, etc. However even SOME guess as
to when a particular plant
"might" bloom, with a size range or "ballpark" number would be useful, to me
> at least. It would be nice to
know whether a particular tuber has a chance
> of blooming at 1 inch or 4 inches or not till 8
inches in diameter!
> This information seems
particularly hard to find, even more so than
> estimates of cold hardiness.
Do people think this is a good idea? If there is any interest, people could
> send me their experiences and
if I get enough responses I could post a list
> here. I'm guessing that even a short list of
the most commonly available
species could be useful to a lot of us.
> A specific
question I have at the moment: how big does an A. bulbifer tuber
> have to be to have some chance
> Randy Story