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Re: [aroid-l] hibernation time

Hi all, I was wondering if I could ask a slightly different question with
regard to hibermation, i.e., how might I get things started growing more
quickly in the spring?  For the most part, my konjac, bulbifer and henryi
are no big problem, but some of my larger paeoniifolius don't get started
until July and then go dormant here in zone 6a (western PA) at the end of
September or early October (we've already had our first hard frost this
year) and so don't have a chance to reabsorb all of last years tuber.  I
should say that I do not have a greenhouse and grow all of my Amorphs in
pots.  So, I was wondering how I might get them out of dormancy earlier in
the spring?  Could you set them on a large heat mat for seed starting and
then once they start to sprout put them in their pots and off they go.  I
know it seems an odd request, but any help would be appreciated.  Best

Dan Devor

----- Original Message -----
From: <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] hibernation time

> Dear Les:  I have all mine outside.  I wait until the first hard freeze so
> they are no longer pretty then dig them up.
> Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lester Kallus [mailto:lkallus@earthlink.net]
> Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 6:01 PM
> To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
> Subject: [aroid-l] hibernation time
> Nights here on Long Island are beginning to dip down into the 40s.  I
> understand that this coming Thursday night, it will be somewhere between
> and 44.  I know that Amorphophallus konjac & bulbifer will decide for
> themselves when to go dormant and so I'm not worried.
> I have some paeoniifolius in the ground.  They're still looking good.  I
> three choices:
> 1.  Wait until they begin to show signs of dormancy and then pull them up
> 2.  Dig them up and let them spend sometime in the greenhouse until they
> dormant
> 3.  Dig them up, slice the top off, wash the soil off and force dormancy
> Any thoughts?  I'd prefer to avoid the greenhouse time if possible - it's
> going to be very crowded in there.
>        Les

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