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


Hi Clive,

I deflower my Am. konjacs every spring - lending credence to the old saying, "In Spring a young man's fancy turns to love." And I'm sure that Lord P would heartily endorse the deflowering of Amorphophalli at every opportunity; but of course he's a Dutchman, which explains a lot ;)

More to the matter at hand, I understand exactly what you're going through. I encounter the same inconvenience here in the Northeast USA even *with* my greenhouse. I have not found, in my own personal experience, that cutting off the developing inflorescence of a konjac makes it break dormancy any earlier than if I had let it flower.

I await the experiences of others to confirm or refute.

-Ken
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  • Subject: [Aroid-l] Dormancy issues with Amorph's
  • From: "Clive Lundquist" <lungfish2000@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 15:33:11 +0000
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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