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Re: [Aroid-l] stabilization of large pots

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] stabilization of large pots
  • From: Tony Avent tony@plantdelights.com
  • Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 17:45:02 -0400


I think you will find the key to amorph. stabilization in containers is as simple as providing good air movement.  Without it, the cell walls of the stalks never strengthen enough to stand up straight.  I have seen countless potted collections with this same problem.  Where we grow ours with good air movement, they stand up fine.  A small recirculating fan will work wonders, or you can strengthen the stems with a regular vigorous shaking...although the family may find that a bit kinky.
Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
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"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least three times" - Avent

Hal or Nancy Robinson wrote:
Try driving a small rebar (from box stores) down into
the ground and placing pots on the rebar.  It will not show and would not hurt the roots that much.
Nancy Robinson  Tennessee  zone 6b
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2006 8:59 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] stabilization of large pots

Good Morning:  I was wondering if any of you enlightened growers have a simple remedy for the ongoing problem of my Amorphophallus pots in larger pots (7-20 gal) being prone to 'tipping' over once the large leaves develop.  The plants are so top-heavy that anytime there is a strong breeze or even heavy rain, the pots tend to tip over, damaging the plants and spilling out soil/fertilizer.  Short of driving a stake next to each pot and tying them off, I don't know what to do?

D. Scott Taylor, Ph.D.

Central Region Land Manager

Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program

5560 N. US 1

Melbourne, Florida 32940

V: 321.255.4466 FAX 321.255.4499

email: staylor@brevardparks.com


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