A. Konjac question (fwd)


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Sender: Craig Smith <CraigSmith@Sprintmail.com>
Subject: A. Konjac question

Dear folks,

After I wrote a comment on Mr. Fisk=92s question, I thought I=92d share ano=
ther bit of=20
experience and ask for comments and suggestions.

  This last year I have been fortunate to discover that 4 of my A. Konjac=
=92s have=20
started to =91flower=92.  I have enjoyed trying to grow them a little bette=
r and=20
larger each year, with pretty good results compared to my earlier, rather p=
oor=20
results.  The best results so far was by planting only one in each large po=
t (3X=20
the diameter of the tuber).  I use a mix of =93All-Grow=94 (a compost of sa=
wdust and=20
the remains of brewing beer), some sterile potting soil, and some perlite t=
o=20
lighten it up.  Maybe once over the summer I water it with Rapid-Grow.  Oth=
erwise=20
I just water it when the top couple inches are dry.  Usually the rain takes=
 care=20
of it.  The tubers that grow to 5-600 grams / 3-4 inches don=92t get spikes=
 and=20
flowers, just offshoots.  When they are over 1000 gms / 4-5 inches they do.=
  The=20
largest one so far is 5.5 Kgs and has a really big spike started.  The tube=
r is=20
almost 10 inches across and over 6 inches high.  Each year they get larger =
unless=20
they stop growing early, like if the wind gets them.  The medium size ones =
seem to=20
have the most offshoots, sometimes 10-15.  I have given a bunch to the loca=
l civic=20
garden center to sell in their fund-raiser with great results.
So here are the questions. =20
- How big do the tubers, plants and flowers get????
- Mine seem to last about 4-5 months before the plant turns yellow and fall=
s over.=20
 Can I start them earlier somehow and/or keep them growing longer in the fa=
ll so=20
they grow bigger???
- What factor(s) cause them to go dormant???
- Sometimes with the larger tubers , the offshoots are not completely forme=
d into=20
a new tuber, just a growing tip on the end of a fat root.  Why???
- I read somewhere that they use the tubers like potatoes in the far east. =
 Anyone=20
tried to eat one???

Thanks for the information and comments.
Regards,
Craig


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