RE: Interesting Story

O.k. I've had it with you guys!!! Torturing Amorphophallus in small pots
is just NOT DONE, o.k.!!!!!!

Now to the phenomenon itself: phalloid tubers/corms usually have small
additional buds all over, usually dormant. When the tuber doesn't feel
happy (reasons may be being cramped, having lost the apical bud, being
severely damaged, either mechanically or by nematodes) these accessorial
buds will start developing new shoots. Multiple leaves may arise and
every leave is entitled to its own tuber, and that is exactly what

It may all seem o.k. but the plants are suffering.............sob, sob.


> >Dewey, in light of your *very* interesting story, I guess I can find
> the
> >strength to admit it:
> >
> >My name is Steve, and I ...... am a habitual Amorphophallus
> underpotter.
> My name is Dewey and I, too, am a habitual Amorphophallus
> underpotter....
> I do it for economic reasons.  It costs a lot of money to pot some of
> these
> things in 30 gallon pots.  I cringed this spring when I had to put a
> 35
> pound tuber of A. paeoniifolius in a 30 gal...  but, if I did not, it
> would
> fall over...
> I have experienced the multiplication of tubers in tight pots but I
> did
> not really think anything about it at the time.
> I have a plant of A. titanum in a 7 gal. pot that is just over 4 ft.
> high
> and it has been 'up' since spring of '97.  I really wonder how large
> the
> tuber is and if it is pot bound.  There is no evidence of swelling on
> the
> sides of the pot...
> The more we observe, the more we will learn...
> Be sure and check out the Web Page for FTG and see this marvelous
> plant.
> Dewey
> Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut
> Your Source for Tropical Araceae

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