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Re: Unpotted Amorphophallus & Blooms

  • Subject: Re: Unpotted Amorphophallus & Blooms
  • From: Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:22:00 -0500

To the poster who did not take the time to provide a name:

The species you mentioned have often been left out of soil even when blooming and do not strictly require it. However, Wilbert Hetterscheid posted not too long ago that no Amorphophallus should be allowed to bloom out of soil. He said that many times they will put out some roots when blooming that can take in moisture. Wilbert is much more knowledgeable than I am so I won't elaborate any more than this.

I can also say, however, that blooming takes a lot of resources out of a tuber. Once you've seen a particular species bloom once or twice you might consider cutting the growing inflorescence off in its early stages and save all that stored energy for new leaf production instead of flowering.


On 1/11/2011 9:24 PM, leezmoney1@comcast.net wrote:
This is only me second year with Amorphs, but boy has my collection grown. Question I have is in regards to blooms. Several of my tubers are stored dry, but are starting to slowly shoot up. I'm familiar with a Konjac blooming as mine did last year. Can I leave them unpotted as they shoot up, and if it is a bloom leave them unpotted? I did this with my Konjac and everything went fine. I'm talking about A. Bulbifer, Saromatum Venosum, A. Atrovirdis, etc. Please help this newbie!!!
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