Re: Amorph Konjac

We store konjac dry in the 45F cooler or dry in it's pot.  No added
moisture.  Our experience is that bringing them into a warm room and waiting
for the pink sprout to come up is a better guarantee against rotting.  I
would suggest digging the konjac up and leaving it in a warm room until you
see if wants to sprout.  I pot mine very shallow with the sprout right at
the surface.  Corms (yes I think Amorphophallus are corms not tubers but no
one has an opinion to my listserv query so they have contractile roots that
bring them down deeper as needed. This is just my experience - others may
have other opinions.  I've grown over 2,000 konjacs last year and none of
them rotted. 

At 11:03 AM 6/18/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Since we're on the subject of Amorphs, I've got a quick question or
>two.. I've got a few tubers of A. Bulbifer which are all coming up
>nicely, and a single larger tuber of A. Konjac which is doing much of
>nothing. I dug it up about two weeks ago to see what the tuber was
>doing, and it still appears to be dormant. Looks like the old tuber from
>last year, which was still attatched to the side had gone soft and mushy
>and came off in my hand as I was inspecting the tuber, but there was no
>damage to the new tuber, which is still very firm. I had it in a 6"clay
>pot with potting soil in it.. Is this the best way to keep it or should
>I pull it and keep it dry until it sprouts? I want to make sure the
>tuber doesn't rot. I overwintered it in a plastic baggie with a moist
>paper towel in the bag along with it. When I pulled it out in the spring
>it looked like it had started growing (the growing tip was nice and pink
>and about 1" tall) but since then it's dried back to it's normal dormant
>tip. Is it too much to hope for to get this puppy growing this summer?
>Any suggestions? Thanks!

Michael Marcotrigiano (email:
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Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences
Univ of Massachusetts
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