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Re: Amorphophallus kiusianus fresh ripe seeds germination

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus kiusianus fresh ripe seeds germination
  • From: Stanley kaufman <kaufmanrareplants@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 10:59:42 -0700 (PDT)


Is alba or albus a synonym for kiusianus?  I saw and alba for sale at Franklin park conservatory gift shop but I had never heard of that species.  They pointed out it had a white stem.
but otherwise they seemed to think it was just konjac.
--- On Mon, 10/20/08, bonaventure@optonline.net <bonaventure@optonline.net> wrote:
From: bonaventure@optonline.net <bonaventure@optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus kiusianus fresh ripe seeds germination
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Date: Monday, October 20, 2008, 3:02 PM

Ah yes,
I have fresh cleaned moist seeds of albus still in pot and more covered on damp sphagnum moss since July. Will outlast the current fiscal crisis i think.

Answers to your questions embedded in your original email:

Subject: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus kiusianus fresh ripe seeds germination

>I am looking for information on the proper way to germinate
> Amorphophallus Kiusianus seeds. These seeds were freshly harvested
> recently and A friend of mine whose computer is not working asked me
> to pose this question.
> Do the seeds need to dry out before germination will take place or
> must they be sown right away before they dry out?

seeds of ALL species of Amorphophallus should be kept as moist as
and should be planted as quickly as possible and kept moist

> Does the pulp surrounding the seeds ned to be removed before sowing?

most likely yes........although I have never planted any with the pulp left

Am. henryi and kiusianus are notorious for taking months, even a couple of
to germinate, especially when planted in pots.
Last fall I planted a handful of both these species out in the garden and
late this
spring the sprouted enmass!  I can't say for sure if going through a US zone
7 winter speeded
up the sprouting process or not.


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