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Re: [aroid-l] A. konjac questions/odor

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] A. konjac questions/odor
  • From: Tony Avent <tony@plantdelights.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 13:13:11 -0400


	Let me remind folks that amorphs are like people...some clones of the same
species smell much worse than others.  When you grow lots of the same
species from seed (plants), you'll see what I mean.

At 11:40 AM 6/24/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>I'm noted by friends and family for my keen sense of smell, but I challenge
>anyone to say that konjac "isn't that bad" and truly mean it!  I had a 6
>footer open the night before my cactus club's annual show/sale - it's held
>in quite a large space (over 3500 sq ft in a "U" shape) - and absolulely
>everyone was complaining for two full days how awful it smelled. Since that
>was the second year in a row I stunk the place up I promised to time it
>better next year...
>If Ron's konjac "isn't that bad" then he has a clone with a defective
>A follow-up email described bulbifer - I had my very first bulbifer bloom
>this year. It was a small tuber (and a small flower)that I'd imported from
>India for the above sale. It bloomed at the far end of my  house, over 50'
>from my bedroom door. I awoke to the smell of a gas leak - but I don't have
>gas... I knew what it must have been and went to the room where it was
>blooming. It didn't smell like gas up close, smelled much stronger with a
>somewhat sweet overtone, but not at all pleasant. *However* it smelled
>nowhere near as bad as konjac!  By that evening the smell was mostly gone.
>In the next couple of weeks I hope to experience A. titanum's stench up
>close. The University of CT is 20 minutes from my house and I'm friends with
>the greenhouse staff. Their first titanum bloom is due soon. The page has
>been failing to load because of high traffic, but the address is
>(http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/Titanum/Titanum2004.html ).  Try this link as
>an alternate (http://www.news.uconn.edu/2004/jun2004/rel04065.htm).
>UConn also had 3 A. prainii bloom a while ago but while I was able to get
>photos I missed the stink.
>-Ken Mosher
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: <Ronmchatton@aol.com>
>To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
>Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2004 9:10 AM
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] A. konjac questions
>> I agree that the odor isn't that bad.  Several flowered this year and we
>> hardly noticed them.  It isn't a constant odor and, at least with the
>clones I
>> have, you need to be quite close to smell them.  Amorphophallus
>paeoniifolius is
>> another story.  We had neighbors two houses down tracking down the odor.
Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
website  http://www.plantdel.com
phone 919 772-4794
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"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least
three times" - Avent

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