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Re: Stopping the Stink

  • Subject: Re: Stopping the Stink
  • From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:41:10 -0500 (CDT)


Haven't tried it for Sauromatum/Typhonium/whatever it is this month, but 
I suspect it would work.

About 1986 or so, walking by a room deep within Wal-Mart's general office 
I noticed a huge bouquet of Dracunculus vulgaris inflorescences in a vase. 
I'd never seen them before, and was so entranced that I buzzed about them 
like a fly, but there was no odor whatever, and none of her co-workers 
were the least upset.

The lady who brought them in said that she "deodorized" them by washing 
the inflorescences out with a garden hose. I've tried it with equal 
success several times. Another option that works for me is to cut them and 
submerge in a bucket of water for a few hours (discarding the water, of 


On Mon, 30 Mar 2009, James Waddick wrote:

> Dear Aroiders,
> 	I just read this entry at the Cistus Nursery site at
> 	http://www.cistus.com/mailorder/CistusMailOrderWinter2009.pdf
> Sauromatum venosum   monarch of the east
> Striking, tuberous Araceae, the spring flowers (spathe) mottled in fleshy pink
> to metallic maroon and followed
> by an attractive, single leaf on a 2-3 ft petiole. Stunning, especially in
> flower. Very tropical.  Also aromatic,
> redolent of fly-attracting odors that can be mitigated by a spray of water or
> left to work their own kind of
> magic. Half sun and regular summer water.
> 	Having recently been driven briefly out of the house by a blooming
> plant in the basement, I wonder if this is true. Could I have simply sprayed
> the inflorescence with water and eliminated the stink ?
> 	Anyone have experience with this method?
> 		Many thanks.		Jim W.
> -- 
> Dr. James W. Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
> Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
> Ph.    816-746-1949
> Zone 5 Record low -23F
> 	Summer 100F +

-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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