Re: Amorphophallus species source
I suspect this is one of those cases where everyone thought someone else
would respond and as a result no one did. There are lots of people on the
list growing Amorphophallus konjac and as it is easy to grow, being
perfectly hardy to at least USDA zone 6 and offsets freely, I'm sure we
can find a source. Mine are in full growth right now or I'd send one
myself - if you haven't got another source remind me in the fall and I'll
pop one out of the ground for your friend.
Wilbert, who is our resident Amorphophallus guru, mentioned that A.
konjac is now the current name for A. rivieri, which I think also used to
be known as Hydrosme rivieri.
If you don't want to wait until fall, you might check out Park Seeds. They
offer A. konjac fairly regularly in their bulb catalog, and in fact I got
my first plant of it from them years ago. Keep in mind that if they ship
you a dormant tuber now, it is somewhat out of synch with the seasons (I
mentioned mine all have leaves up which have not yet begun to yellow, a
sign of coming dormancy).
Feel free to ask us about anything I've left out. Perhaps, if your
non-networking friend uses you as a conduit to aroid resources on the web,
it will rub off on you.
-- Steve Marak
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