Re: Amorphophallus konjac

Mark Dimmitt is the man to listen to since he has been doing this (growing
Amorphophallus spp. in this hot Tucson climate) a lot longer than I. However
I have my plants in about a 70% organics (sphagnum peat and reed sedge peat
usually) and 30% inorganics (vermiculite, perlite usually and sometimes
pumice added). Sometimes the mix varies to about 50/50 respectively. The
plants are not in a lot of sun-almost no direct sun. They never really go
dry either. I am a potting freak. I never let the plants get too root bound
(maybe I should try to let them do so?!). My plants don't complain. They
seem healthy. I don't fertilize an awful lot but I also, as I mentioned
before, rarely let any of my plants get root bound. This saves me  on
fertilizing I think. I don't have a huge amount of aroids but want more.
Especially Amorphophallus spp. My greenhouse can reach the same temps as
Dimmitt's-into the hundreds some days, mostly the highs in the summers are
mid Nineties (F.). I have a very general philosophy about plants, almost too
simple. If the plant is growing, water it a lot, bump it up, and fertilize
it. If it is dormant leave it alone and keep it very lightly moist (a few
exceptions here, some I let get bone-dry). Of course I grow all sorts of

Jared R. Shortman
Tucson Growers
(520) 882-7060
2509 N. Campbell #338
Tucson, AZ 85719

-----Original Message-----
From: Clark Weston <>
To: <>
Date: Wednesday, July 01, 1998 6:07 AM
Subject: Re: Amorphophallus konjac

>If you can raise konjac in Tucson, I should be able to in El Paso, which
>has a similar climate. Would appreciate information on your regimen, either
>via private email or to the list, as you consider appropriate.
>Clark Weston  <>
>Jared wrote:
>> I wouldn't say that A. konjac minds summer heat too much. At least not
>> in Tucson. I have several thriving plants and a few more people I know
>> some as well.
>> Jared R. Shortman
>> Tucson Growers
>> (520) 882-7060
>> 2509 N. Campbell #338
>> Tucson, AZ 85719
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dewey Fisk <>
>> To: <>
>> Date: Monday, June 29, 1998 9:21 PM
>> Subject: Re: Amorphophallus konjac
>> >Luis,
>> >Sorry, I have some bad news for you...  Amorphophallus konjac will not
>> >for us here in S. Florida.  It is too hot in the winter time...  and
>> >possibly in the summer.  It needs a rest period that is much cooler than
>> >can normally provide.  I have been told to keep the tubers in the
>> >refrigerator here during the winter....
>> >
>> >As far as the potting media for any Amorphophallus, the best, for my
>> >growing conditions, is a light epiphytic mix and a fertilizer with a
>> >middle number.  I use 1/3 peat, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 composted pine bark
>> >which is available from V-J Growers in Homestead and Universal
>> >in Pompano.
>> >
>> >I have an A. konjac that was given to me several years ago.  The tuber
>> >over 8 inhes across.  Each year the tuber gets smaller and smaller and
>> >last year, it was only as large as the end of my thumb.  It did not come
>> >up.
>> >
>> >Sorry to give you the bad news....
>> >Dewey
>> >
>> >Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut
>> >Your Source for Tropical Araceae
>> >
>> >
>> >

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