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Re: St. Paul tiny titan

Hi Kathy,

thanks for the details.

OK, the odor might vary from bloom to bloom.

I think it is only the second time that someone mentions offsets in titanum. An intersting point that you noticed that with plants growing in a (too) small pot.

Has anyone else noticed this?

I am always curious about the size of a tuber to compare it to the one I gave to the Berggarten in Hannover, Germany a four inch plant from my tissue cultures in 2001. It was 30 cm (about 1 foot 2inch) and 3.9 kg ( 8 1/2 lbs) when repotted in CDec, 2006. It grew a leaf about 1.80 m / 6 foot and shows signs of going dormant right now. Curious to see the tuber after this vegetative cycle.

Happy growing,


-----Original Message-----
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 19:22:21 +0200
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] St. Paul tiny titan
From: KATHY UPTON <ku5@yahoo.com>
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>

Bernhard and Julius,
The photo that Susan had is from 2001 and was a more "normal" flowering than the little one in 1998.  The little one had a powerful stench and someone suggested that a tiny one might need to have a  giant smell to accomplish its goal, but for whatever reason it smelled like a combination of sauerkraut, a rotting animal, and trash sitting outside in a dumpster in the sun that had been there a week.  On the night that it opened at my house, we were sleeping with the attic fan on, and the smell carried right upstairs to us.   The smell given off by the 2001 inflorescence was disappointing compared to that.   You asked about the size of them now.  The largest one from that seed batch has a leaf about 10 feet tall, and 25 pounds.  The 2 that bloomed are near that size.  I haven't always had the space available that they deserve and haven't always been able to move them up into the large pot sizes they would really love over the years, so actually they are probably small compared to those at other institutions that received the same seed.  But they are healthy and have formed offsets, too, at times when I let one occasionally get too crowded in its pot.
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