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Re: [aroid-l] Amorphophallus amputation?

I had something similar happen last year. A sort came through and caused a
leaf to break of at the surface of the tuber (planted to shallow). I took
the leaf and placed in a jar of water with Sphagnum in it and forgot about
it. The tuber eventually sprouted a new much small leaf before it went
dormant. I ran accross the leaf in the fall and it was still green to my
surprise and when I removed it from the jar it had formed 3 tubers at the
base of the leaf so I suspect there was some tuber attached to the leaf.
I'm trying the same think with A kuisianus this year to see what happen.

Original Message:
From:  ken@spatulacity.com
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 10:53:57 -0400
To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: [aroid-l] Amorphophallus amputation?

I have a question about untimely amputation of an Amorphophallus leaf.
Let's say a perfectly innocent Amorph has been happily growing and minding
its own business. It's had time to form a new tuber of some size but isn't
done its growing season - and then a malicious creature comes and chomps off
the leaf and exhumes the tuber (but leaves it alone) and the poor tuber sits
on the ground all exposed for a few weeks. (The malicious creature *could*
have been a squirrel whose own growing season was cut short...)

Is that tuber going to want to be replanted to grow a new leaf or will it
want to stay dormant until the next growing season?

-Ken Mosher

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