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Re: I need information on Amorphophallus Paeonifolius -any experts out there?

  • Subject: Re: I need information on Amorphophallus Paeonifolius -any experts out there?
  • From: ronmchatton@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 17:15:22 -0400


It's best to do what you can to extend the growing season as long as 
you can.  I would bring them in.  Here in Central Florida they are 
ground and pot hardy but they tend to rot in Atlanta if they aren't 
brought in before it gets cold.

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is a very variable species.  Some stay 
fairly short and some, especially the group called Borneo Giant, can 
reach 8-9 feet tall.  The same is true of koratensis.  They also very a 
great deal in the number of leaflets and the roughness of the petiole.  
I have a group raised from seed here in Florida that have virtually 
smooth petioles, some from China that are somewhat rougher and a group 
that have extremely rough petioles.  The more light you give them, the 
smaller the leaf will be as well.

Those corms that came in from Madagascar were, depending on the 
species, seriously infected with a fungal infection.  Many of them 
simply rotted away and there were a couple of postings on aroid- about 
it.  The others sprouted and, depending on how quickly or to the extent 
the corm was infected produced leaves from a few inches tall to up to 
about about 4 feet.  The species from Kalenbenobo seemed the least 
damaged and many of the larger corms produced leaves a few feet tall.  
To my knowledge, the hildebrantii have all been lost to rot.  Those 
 from Nosy Faly and Nosy Mitsio vary in between.  The Nosy Faly growths 
have all been larger than the other group.  So, that having been said, 
I don't think you were had....these are interesting plants that weren't 
available anywhere else, but it will be some time before they are 
strong plants.

Ron McHatton
Central Florida Zone 9B

-----Original Message-----
From: Ty York <exoticplant07@yahoo.com>
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Sent: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 8:34 pm
Subject: [Aroid-l] I need information on Amorphophallus Paeonifolius 
-any experts out there?

This is my first year of growing them and mine have not shown any signs 
of going dormant and we may get our first frost in a week. I was 
wondering if I should bring them indoors or let the frost get them.


Second question, I had someone tell me that there is 2 different 
paeonifolius plants. A small variety 3-4 feet and a large variety that 
gets 9 feet tall, does this sound right? I have searched to no end 
and found nothing about 2 different ones.


Third question: I bought 3 bulbs last year as a new variety of 
amorphophallus  stated to be sp. madagascar.  No pics of the plant were 
avalible or size etc. just sold as new discovery from madagascar and 
3 bulbs cost me 100.00. The plants were funny looking very small plants 
even on the largest bulb 14oz only put up a foot tall plant. No blooms. 
Have I been taken? I cannot find the seller again and they would not 
answer emails after I bought them. Bought off ebay :(.



Thanks anyone for any help on this. Ty

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