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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: Ken Mosher <ken@spatulacity.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2008 13:27:03 -0400

Hi Ty,

You must bring your paeoniifolius indoors even though it's likely that 
you're already too late.  Am. paeoniifolius do not like to be cold at 
all especially if the soil is damp.

As for the two forms, there is "normal" paeoniifolius and there is the 
'Gajendra' cultivar.

Regarding your sp. Madagascar, my guess is that you may have bought them 
from Mike Massara who owns http://www.out-of-africa-plants.com/; I'm 
sorry I don't remember his ebay seller id. I have bought many excellent 
plants from him, but I agree that his response to emails is sometimes 
lacking. But to answer your question, in my opinion Mike is not the kind 
of person who rips people off. The height of an Amorphophallus is 
indicated by tuber size within a species (e.g. a big konjac tuber 
generally yields a tall plant) but you cannot make the same prediction 
across species.  Furthermore, plant height is significantly affected by 
growing conditions.  As one example, I grew 6 Tacca leontopetalloides 
plants this year and the tubers were close in size.  4 were grown in my 
greenhouse and 2 grew outdoors until the leaf(ves) were fully grown.  
The ones that got more light (outdoors) were 1/2 the height of those in 
the greenhouse.  There was no need to grow a big, tall leaf in full sun, 
but when grown in less light they were encouraged to grow a much more 
impressive canopy.

-Ken Mosher

Ty York wrote:
> 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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