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Re: [aroid-l] A. titanum on eBay

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] A. titanum on eBay
  • From: "Tropical Plant Resource" <>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 14:07:32 -0500
  • Thread-index: AcQParYkpUp5ccc4RTefwfs2RMCUfwADPiyA

Thank you Tony; yes your information was quite valuable...Christian

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Tony Avent
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2004 12:27 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] A. titanum on eBay


	There has been quite a bit of mis-information recently about
Amorphophallus titanum propagation.  First, there is no difference in the
quality of resulant plants whether the plants are propagated from tissue
culture, leaf cuttings, or seed.  Second, it does matter how well and how
large the plants have been grown since propagation.  Third, tissue culture
has only been successful on a very limited basis and will probably never be
done enough to get the price down to what most people consider reasonable.
Weaning plants from tissue culture can be very difficult and can easily
result in the loss of an entire crop.  Most of the top commercial tissue
culture labs in America have tried this crop and ten years later only a few
hundred plants have ever reached the public.  

We have grown plants from all three methods and find that once the plants
reach 8-12" in height, they are fine to sell.  At this size, our loss rate
is zero.  Below this size the bulb is virtually non-existant, then stem is
limp, and plant can be easily killed with even the slightest of improper
care...usually overwatering.  I hope this helps.

At 07:33 AM 3/21/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Hello Alex.  The A. titanum we purchased last year, viewed in person, had a
>similar wimpy appearance; they were tissue cultured.  Healthy, strong
>appearance one day and "permanently" dormant the next; that was
>approximately 6 months later.  No bulb developed.  
>It is stated yours was grown from a bulb, you have a gtreater chance at
>success.  GOOD LUCK...Christian
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [] On
>Behalf Of Alex Burgess
>Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 6:29 AM
>Subject: [aroid-l] A. titanum on eBay
>Hi!  I am very new to this list.  I noticed this item on eBay (per attached

>photo) and just read your recent thread about another such auction where
>plant was actually A. Konjac.  Is this another mistaken identity case or
>the plants in the picture too young to tell?  Hope it is right because I 
>bought it!  I am not expert on amorphophallus.  Should I just grow it for 
>six to ten years with my fingers crossed?  Any advice appreciated and
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
phone 919 772-4794
fax  919 772-4752
"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it least
three times" - Avent

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