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Re: [Aroid-l] Dormancy issues with Amorph's

Hi Clive,
I find the exact same thing on most all of my species except konjac of course.  If ones like bulbifer, longitberosus, thaiensis, atroviridis, albus, macrorhizus, yunnanensis, etc. flower I have no chance they will grow this summer and so I have found the easiest way to deal with the problem is sell the silly tuber on ebay and be done with it :o)  I've been having this problem for 10 years now so it is not an isolated incident with mine.
I too find the influorescences to all be a bit too much the same anymore and would rather just have the petiole and leaf so if hacking the influorescence before it grows too much will allow me to get leaves in the summer as usual I am more than happy to sacrifice the influorescence.  I'm guessing this is not something most people try as they grow them for the influorescence, but I hope that someone can give us an answer and if not perhaps next spring I will just cut my influorescences off before they develop too far and see what happens!!
I actually dread that some of my favorite petiole species like cruddassianus and mossambicensis will flower as then I will be in the quandry of keeping them for another entire year dormant before I can get a leaf after they just spent a lot of energy flowering.
Hopefully others without a GH living in atleast zone 6 or colder (sorry, but zone 7 and warmer is just not the same because your seasons are sooooooo much longer) can help us out.
Thanks in advance to everyone,
Dan Devor
Gibsonia, PA where it is extemely hot and humid for us!!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 6:21 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Dormancy issues with Amorph's

Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone has any advice for those of us who grow Amorphophallus in colder climates like the UK without greenhouses.
Its the flowering of A. bulbifer, in particular, that causes issues - the new leaf starts growing late in the autumn after it's flowered in the spring; there's no hope for it, and this makes its next years growth a bit puny.
I don't mind loosing the flowers - i like the big fat stems and leaves.
Does de-flowering help (!)?....
Cheers for any ideas,
Clive Lundquist
PS i have some fresh seed of Arum palaestinum if anybody wants - mail me privately if you'd like it. I can't guarantee its viable though as it wasn't pollinated... but it looks ok.

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