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Re: Pollinating Amorphophallus konjac

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Pollinating Amorphophallus konjac
  • From: Don Martinson <llmen@execpc.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 22:30:47 -0600 (CST)

>Dear Don,
>A few quick tips--
>Pollen is 'good' as soon as it is shed, use a paint brush (fine squirrel
>hair will work) moistened in clean water to pollenate with, a dry one to
>'sweep' it from the spathe to a glassene envelope, and it will 'keep' in the
>fridge for several days.   Pollenate the female portion (cut away or cut
>'windows' in the spathe to get at it)
>as the spathe begins to open, wrap the spathe in a layer of saran wrap with
>a bit of wet cotton wool in it for a day to keep humidity high, then take it
>Good luck!!
>P.S.  I THINK that A. konjac is one species that sets seed without

Thanks, Julius.  In the past, none of my konjacs has ever set any
seed (not that I've really tried pollenation).   The current Plant
Delights catalog (Tony Avent) lists Amorphophallus kiusianus, stating
that it is "one of the few self fertile amorpho- phallus species".


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