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Re: [aroid-l] amorphophallus konjac

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] amorphophallus konjac
  • From: ken@spatulacity.com
  • Date: Sun, 04 May 2003 21:10:17 -0400

It will smell bad for only 2 days and while it's pretty stinky it certainly
can't be smelled for 2 blocks. You will want to move it out of the house or
into an unused room and close the door, however.

It will be happier not in the basement. You can keep it upstairs anywhere
you want after washing off all the dirt. It makes a nice conversation
piece. Keeping it in the basement will definitely delay blooming. It will
bloom earlier if it's warm. Also, putting it in a plastic bag isn't the
best thing. If you really want to bag it you should keep it in paper so it
can breathe a bit.

And as I said before, I'll happily pay shipping for any offsets you want to
send me. You don't throw those away, do you?

-Ken Mosher
Andover, CT

SongString@aol.com wrote:
> I dig my amorphophallus Konjac up after it gets wilted from frost and put it
> in the basement and forget about it. It always lets me know in the spring,
> when I happen to find it growing in the basement and think, Oh yeh, I better
> plant you.  I just put it in a plastic grocery bag in the basement last fall
> with no dirt. IT just sat on the floor all winter. I forgot about it.  I was
> looking for something in the basement on Palm Sunday, I think, and the plant
> had put out it's shoot or whatever it is called. IT was already over a foot
> tall. I brought it upstairs and had it on the floor of the living room about
> a week before I planted it outdoors. It grew about 6 feet in one week, in no
> dirt.  Then instead of it's usual leaves, it had started to bloom. I didn't
> even know it could bloom and wondered what kind of monster it had turned
> into.  I didn't even know what plant it was, when I got it at a garage sale a
> few years ago.  So, I just had to find out what it was and did some research
> on the web and finally figured out what it was.
> I called our local garden store and asked how to contact the garden club and
> they refered me to the former president of the national mens' garden club.
> He came over right away and said it was a real Voodoo plant, or A. konjac.
> He said, when it starts to stink I would know it and it could be smelled for
> two blocks. Is that true? It has been cool all week, so it has remained
> unstinky, even though the bloom is getting bigger. IT is over 6 foot tall and
> had a twin during the winter.  The tuber divided in half, just like cells
> divide in half.  IT sure is a curiousity! I live in Ohio.
> Nancy
> In a message dated 5/2/03 11:18:36 PM, awootten@nrao.edu writes:
> << Nancy,
> I have several here in Virginia, but none has poked its greenery above
> the ground yet...A. bulbifer is coming up however, for the first time in
> ages in the Spring rather than in the Fall...
> Clear skies,
> Al >>

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