Gel?


Hi everybody

   I was cleaning a tuber of Amorphophallus gigas for the
purpose of repotting into a larger pot.  Cleaning the soil
away I thought I felt a slug, but it turned out to be some kind
of gel in the cracks of the tuber.  Is this produced by the tuber
to keep it from drying too much during dormancy or do I
have something to worry about.  If it is natural, should I have
kept it there?

Mike Bordelon
Botany Greenhouse
Smithsonian Institution



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