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Re: Dracontium prancei questions and answers .

  • Subject: Re: Dracontium prancei questions and answers .
  • From: "Daniel Devor" <plantguy@zoominternet.net>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:01:15 -0500

Thanks George and Michael,
This is definately the easiest species I have tried (even easier and a much nicer plant than polyphyllum for me) of the Dracontium.  For anyone in a non-hospitable climate I can recommend this species as one to try if you have not had success with Dracontium.  I grow it for the winter in front of a south facing window is all here in zone 6a.
It is just starting a new growth now (maybe 1 m tall so far, but the leaf has not yet begun to really inflate) so maybe next spring I will repot (I rarely repot so have only seen the tuber once since I got it from you Michael).  I get a new petiole about once every 4-6 months now that it is a bit more mature.  I've also noticed that the new growth does not come out looking like a sheppards hook like the other species I have, but instead comes out pointing straight up, but perhaps this is a curiosity of only my plant and not the  species?  Next time I repot if the babies have some roots I will cut a couple off and see if they grow well for me!!
Thanks for all of the suggestions,
Dan Devor
Gibsonia, PA
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 1:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dracontium prancei questions and answers .

I am very confident of the ID of this species , you have seen pictures of it many years ago Julius . We discussed it privately for a while with David Scherberich.
Dan , you will get ofsets from this plant , and they will grow roots when still attached to the mother tuber . They need to be cut off , unlike the easily seperated tubercles that form on most other species.
I think you may get a flower if you let it stress a little in mid winter . If you repot frequently , pay attention to the tuber shape , when it gets nearly round it should flower . And afterwards , you would see it will be more disc shaped [like a flying saucer] this explains how they work down to the bottom of the pot . I have noticed it grows easily and only slows down towards spring . I have several planted out under the edge of a large mango tree , they are looking good . Maybe a high P fert. like a bloom booster would help flowering , but I agree who needs a flower ? , its just a cool looking easy to grow species .
Michael Pascall,


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