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Re: bulbifer bulb


First, it really doesn't matter which surface you put up.  These bulbils do not have a pronounced growing point and, if you what them as they sprout, it can happen just about any place on the surface of the bulbil and I've seen several points green up simultaneously but rather quickly one of them will become apically dominant and the others are just sort of resorbed into the bulbil.
Am. bulbifer can be stored dry and I've even had bulbils as small as the head of a hat pin survive sitting on the shelf.  You can pot it now and not water it or you can drop it on the surface of a little pot of potting medium and watch it.  The last several seasons, I've rounded up the bulbils that are produced and dropped them on the mother plant pot.  That works pretty well and you don't lose them.
Ron McHatton
Central Florida

-----Original Message-----
From: Alice Nicolson <taxonomy@verizon.net>
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Sent: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 12:19 pm
Subject: [Aroid-l] bulbifer bulb

Help - I have  young Amorphophallus bulbifer plant, grown from seed,  
and the current leaf has a bulbil , now about 1 cm, which is now off  
the senescent leaf. I assume that I can plant this but don't know  
when - immediately or in early spring? - and which end is up? No  
particular growing point that I can see - suggestions please!
Alice Nicolson
Arlington VA, Z7 - and all I grow is the pesky bulbous aroids!
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