RE: A.lewallei

Dear MJ,

I am surprised to read about the rhizomatous first "tuber" of lewallei
seedlings. My own seedlings always produced a tuber. What do you do to
the seedlings? Could it be that you broke off the offsets and missed the
small main tubers? I know that even the tiniest tubers of lewallei
produce the typical rhizomatous offsets. It is only logical that they
won't grow right away just after the onset of dormancy. The tips of
these offsets often seem to be in development when dug up, so that
figures. But that is not to say they will develop leaves. They are just
"grown" by the main tuber that feeds them and keeps them elongating. All
this makes me fear you have missed the main tubers, or they have rotted
away before digging up. 

Rhizomatous offsets generally are prone to desiccation when still small,
thin etc. Better keep 'em in soil. 


> ----------
> From: 	MJ Hatfield[]
> Reply To:
> Sent: 	zaterdag 24 januari 1998 5:54
> To:
> Subject: 	A.lewallei
> I've been growing Amorphophallus lewallei from seed. They seem to take
> a
> long time to go into their first dormancy (or is it their second?).
> When
> the petioles died back, I dug the small tubers only to find
> longitudinal
> "shoots". These "shoots" appear to be actively growing. Not knowing
> what
> to do, I replanted some. I just checked and they are fine, although no
> change. The others I stored dry in brown paper bags. Upon checking
> they
> have turned green and don't look as healthy as they did when I first
> dug
> them.  
> Any comments, general or specific, or suggestions?
> Thank you.
> MJ Hatfield

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