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Re: St. Paul tiny titan

  • Subject: Re: St. Paul tiny titan
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 21:27:30 -0500

Hey Susan:


            Don’t rub it in!  Believe me I have been deeply embarrassed by our inability to flower this beast!




From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Susan B
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 6:13 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] St. Paul tiny titan


Dear Tom, Nice to hear from you!  I have to confess I "stole" that photo from somewhere, either a web site or a posting to ARoid-L.  I used to collect photos from all the bloomings until they became almost common. 
Oops, except for at MOBOT.  (hee hee, just kidding!)

Tom Croat <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org> wrote:

Dear Susan:


            Thanks for sending that picture of Kathy Upton.  I had never seen it.  She worked for me for a number of years and was a spectacular grower and really loved aroids. 




From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Susan B
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 4:56 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] St. Paul tiny titan


I remember that tiny titan, saved a photo somewhere.  The caretaker's name was Kathy, wasn't it?  Was it Kathy Upton???

Ha ha!  found the photo- sorry for any copyright stealing!!! Yes, it was Kathy Upton- what a memory!  The old gal STILL HAS IT!!!!! 

PS.  Dr. Mo at University of Wisconsin- Madison has details on all the bloomings, I haven't seen him in a few years so I don't know if he is keeping up with them still. (English teachers please ignore that sentence!!)
ju-bo@msn.com wrote:

> From: myeakel21@earthlink.net
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2008 22:12:09 -0500
> Subject: [Aroid-l] St. Paul tiny titan

Hello Margaret,

Welcome to aroid-L!
Congrats on the blooming, I so hope the tiny thing eventually opens and produces its perfume to be appreciated by some!
A task for someone like your goodself or ANYONE out there in aroid-land----research and document ALL the bloomings of this wonderful Amorphophallus species in say the last 15 or so years, particulalrly plants originating from seed collected in the wild by Jim Symon and Wilbert Hetterschied! The information, or at least MOST of it would be available on the archives of aroid-l, and from memory (not too good these days!!) would begin with the FIRST blooming at the home of the then-grower at MOBOT, I disremember her name at this moment (shame on me!), but this plant too was TINY, a real dwarf giant, and there was much discussion back then on if genitics played a role in such a small plant blooming!
Please give us updates on your plants progress.
Good Luck and good growing!


Julius Boos

<< Hello All!
> I am new to this list and happened to see the reference to the little titan blooming in St. Paul, MN. I am the keeper of that plant and hope you are all able to view the webcam and blog about this little bloom. www.comozooconservatory.org/cons/gardenblog.shtml
> We are anticipating the inflorescence to open this week. We have had some dark weather the last couple of days and growth has slowed down. The spathe is incomplete and only covers about half of the spadix. So the flowers are visible at all times. It is very tiny---it only measured 28" tall today! The corm weighs 25 pounds and the plant is from a 1993 seed lot that was planted at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.Peter,MN. We have had the plant for almost 3 years.
> The IT folks are working on the problems with the website at this time. I noticed that the webcam was not showing a live picture this afternoon. We are learning alot from this experience!
> If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
> Margaret Yeakel-Twum
> Horticulturist
> Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park
> St.Paul, MN 55103
> 651-487-8256
> margaret.yeakel-twum@ci.stpaul.mn.us
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