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Re: Titanum leaf cuttings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Subject: Re: Titanum leaf cuttings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • From: "brian williams" <pugturd50@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 22:38:59 -0500 (CDT)

My questions (if you know the answers... )

What do you mean by "the mid rim"?
I believe he said each piece had about 3 leaf divisions or what look like 
three leafs. The mid rim would be more of the center of the leaf that is 
more stem looking rather than leaf.

Do you know what sorts of hormones?
He said any root forming hormones would most likely work. If it is a powder 
remember to use your finger to make a whole rather than pushing the cut 
piece in. You can scrape a lot of the hormone off this way.

What temperature was this done at?
Well, he does live in Hawaii. I am saying that is was probably hot and humid 
like most cuttings would like it. Probably in the 75F to 85F range.

How long did the rooting process take/did the leaves rot/die back during 
I will have to ask him on this question.

How big were the cuttings that worked (overall size, petiole diameter?)
    (petiole is a word I just learned today--the leaflet's equivalent of a 
He said it seemed the larger the cutting the better off they did. He tried a 
lot of very small cuttings with less luck. It seemed he used a cutting about 
as big as a pencil maybe a tad bit smaller.

Were the 50 plants all from the same leaf? If so what fraction of the leaf 
was used? All the cuttings were from two plants I believe. He used the top 
section of the Amorphophallus the part that looks like multiple leafs on 
top. He took cuttings off of the branched out parts. I am thinking this may 
slow down intake for the main bulb in the long run and cause slower growth? 
Not sure on that but just a thought?

At what stage of growth was the leaf chopped up? (easier to persuade someone 
to do this if the leaf is already dying...)
Well, I do not recommend waiting till the leaf is dyeing I also do think 
when the leaf first shoots out to start chopping. Wait till the leaf has 
harden up a bit.  I would believe your chances to be greater then of 
producing starts.  I will ask him more on this as soon as I get sometime to 

I should also add to use the soil mix I had talked about before. On these 
and other bulbous aroids. I know many friends in Florida have used a lot of 
different mixes but the 1/2 Scotts metro mix 360 with 1 perlite and powdered 
spaghnum moss mix.  I have had great success with this. Used with partial 
shade and temperatures in the 65 to 85 range Amorphophallus will grow like 

Any other question do ask. THANKS

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