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Re: Anaphyllum wightii

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Schmidt <Eric.Schmidt@ci.orlando.fl.us>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 12:23 PM
Subject: Anaphyllum wightii

Dear Eric,

It occurs in Nature in the S.W. of India, so I do NOT think it will survive
winters in Orlando!   Bring it in if the temps fall to 60 deg F., and
protect it from ANY wind when it cools to this temp!!


>Anyone know how hardy Anaphyllum wightii is? Does it go dormant during
winter? Will it survive in the ground in zone 9b, Orlando, FL.?  Thanks,

Eric Schmidt

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l@mobot.org [mailto:aroid-l@mobot.org]On Behalf Of Don
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 12:26 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Subject: Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer -size to bloom

my bulbifer plants usually flower when about 3 feet tall. I had maybe 7
flowers this spring, aound May.
my paeonifolius plants are about the same, flowering when 3 to 4 feet tall.
I had about 20 flowers this spring, also about May. The biggest flowers
will wait to put up a leaf until next spring. My biggest leaf now is about
8 feet, from a big flower last year.
Don't need to worry about the smell though, because my wife makes me cut
them all down when the flies start buzzin'

Don Bittel

> From: Jody Haynes <webmaster@plantapalm.com>
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Subject: Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer stories
> Date: Monday, July 10, 2000 10:23 PM
> Albert,
> This will certainly not help you unravel your apparent mystery, but I
could add
> that my A. bulbifer was the first to emerger (from the ground) this year,
> some time
> in May. The bulbils from last year that I had sown in a container earlier
> spring emerged about a month later. My largest plant has a leaf about 3
> feet tall
> now, but still has not flowered. How big does this species need to be
before it
> flowers?
> My A. paenifolius emerged in June and the leaf reached 4 feet. This one
> also has
> not flowered...again same question: how big 'til it blooms?
> Jody (in Miami)
> Albert Huntington wrote:
> > Hello, List.
> >
> >   I would like to bring up a couple of observations about my A.
bulbifer and
> > ask some questions.
> >
> >   I keep my A. bulbifer in a greenhouse (low 65F, high 90F, Humidity
> >80%+), and
> > around last September I noticed that the leaf ( about 2ft high ) was
> >beginning
> > to wilt, perhaps in preparation for dormancy of some sort.  Since the
> >plant had
> > been growing pretty vigorously, I figured that I would try out a
> >procedure that
> > I had read on the list for taking petiole cuttings, and harvest a few
of the
> > bulbils along the way.  I removed the leaf from the tuber and cut the
> > into 2-3" long sections which I sealed into a plastic bag with some
> > sphagnum peat.  I stored the tuber in the fridge over the winter,
> >figuring that
> > I did not have room for the plant with everything else overwintering in
> > greenhouse, should it decide to come back up.  I also stored a bunch of
> >little
> > tubers that had formed attached to the big tuber.
> >   Much to my amazement, the petioles did in fact form even more little
> > after a month or two.
> >
> >   Now, in March, I figured it was time to pot out the tubers, so I took
> > from the fridge, where they had kept relatively well, and I planted
them in
> > pots in the greenhouse.  I then proceeded to wait.  And wait.  And
> >   About early June, a few of the small tubers had sprouted, but not the
> > one.   Now, in July, I finally see a small pink shoot on top of my
> > tuber.  Some more of the smaller tubers I had potted up are beginning
> > sprout.  Every single other Amorph I have, including the ones Wilbert
> >sent out
> > this spring, is pretty much in full leaf by now.  This is somewhat
> >puzzling to
> > me.
> >
> >   Does anyone have any suggestions as to why my A. bulbifer and its
> > should be poking their heads out so late this year?  Is it because I
> > the plant by cutting off its head a bit early?  Does it have something
to do
> > with its long siesta in the fridge?  Is A. bulbifer just a late
> > Anybody else have any experiences like this with other species?
> >
> >   Thanks in advange for your answers...
> >
> > --Albert
> >
> > =====
> > Albert Huntington           San Jose, CA U.S.A.
> >            Visit my greenhouse at:
> > http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Jungle/1436
> > -----------------------------------------------

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