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Re: Spring STINKS!

  • Subject: Re: Spring STINKS!
  • From: "E.Vincent Morano" <ironious2@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 23:14:34 -0700 (PDT)

My konjac bloomed and the stench was almost palpable. I had in on one room of the house for a day so I could show some friends. The spathe had little droplets of stench all over it. This was the first flower this tuber produced and it did not let me down. The stench was so bad that after it was moved outside, my room was stained for almost 3 days with the smell. Last year it was softball sized and I grew it into a 7lb monster in one season with the help of some plant growth hormones and high phosphate fertilizer. I was told that the flower would only smell for a day or two. NOT TRUE! :-) Even the shriveled dead flower smelled bad. I'll attach some pictures because it was such a nice specimen. The flower its self was 2feet long. The up close picture shows the stench droplets.

--- On Sun, 4/26/09, Sheldon Hatheway <sfhatheway@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Sheldon Hatheway <sfhatheway@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Spring STINKS!
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 8:29 AM

Lucky you!!!

Of all mine in the ground, the only ones up so far are the Dracunculus vulgaris.  I must have one of the "wimpy sissy" clones.  It only smells faintly - kind of like a dead cat in the next-door to the next-door neighbor's yard.

Sheldon Hatheway
Canby OR

----- Original Message ----
From: Alan Galloway <alan_galloway@bellsouth.net>
To: Aroid-l <Aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 6:08:29 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Spring STINKS!

Upon getting home from work yesterday afternoon, as soon as I opened the
car door, this awful putrid smell hit me......and I knew exactly what it was.

In the garden the following were in full bloom:

11 Amorphophallus konjac
1 Amorphophallus dunnii
9 Helicodiceros muscivorus
4 Dracunculus vulgaris
6 various Arum species

The scent of the tall bearded Iris never had a chance of being noticed -- Spring


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