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Re: [Aroid-l] Amorph titanum flowering in Sydney, Australia

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Amorph titanum flowering in Sydney, Australia
  • From: "Alistair Hay" <ajmhay@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 11:52:09 +1000

Hi Julius,
It was a baby at 1.33 metres. And yes its a sibling of many that have flowered much earlier in the US and Europe.
I attribute the long delay in getting ours to flower to the psychological trauma caused by the idea of applying NPK in the necessary quantities - most Australian plants are killed by even 'normal' quantities of these elements, especially Phosphorus.
Eventually the horticultural staff who look after our TAs rose to my challenge to kill a subset of our holdings by overfeeding! The result was pots toppling over as they bulged with swelling tubers, and one (at 15.5 kg) producing a flower.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 10:07 AM
Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Amorph titanum flowering in Sydney, Australia

>From: Paul Tyerman <ptyerman@ozemail.com.au>
>Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>Subject: [Aroid-l] Amorph titanum flowering in Sydney, Australia
>Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 08:55:40 +1000

Dear Paul,

Thanks for sharing this news with us!    A happy event indeed.   Perhaps Dr. Hay (if he reads thsi) may be so kind as to try to determine from wence this plant came, if by chance from a Jim Symon seed collection?    I`m sorry that you missed seeing this amazing bloom.   Any details as to how tall the bloom was, etc.??

The Best,

Julius Boos


>Howdy All,

>I found out on the news last night that Amorphophallus titanum is
>currently in flower in the Tropical House at the Botanic Gardens in
>Sydney, Australia.  I thought I'd inform the group in case there was
>anyone who was in Sydney who didn't know about it and wanted to see
>If I'd known about it being about to open I would have arranged to
>get up there to see it, but unfortunately it only appeared on the
>news last night already in flower and I couldn't just drop
>everything to get up there and see it today.  Most frustrating as i
>definitely would have got up there if I'd known. <sigh>
>Hopefully all of those on this list in the Sydney region interested
>in Amorphs will get a chance to view it as it is only the second
>time there has ever been a flowering in Australia I have been told.  
>Last night the Botanic Gardens remained open until midnight to allow
>people to view it.  I'd imagine if still open this evening the same
>will likely apply.
>Paul Tyerman
>Canberra, Australia (a few hours south of Sydney unfortunately)
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