Re: Typhonium behaviour

Dear Wilbert, Jim and other typhophiles,

I also grow T. giganteum and they seem to be growing well. The leaves this
year are bigger than they was in the last one (but they didn't reach 100cm
yet!). Its dormancy here in Brazil isn't so stubborn and they sleep just
like all the other "regular" tubers. Meanwhile they always put up just a
leaf per tuber. Is that common?  The other species I know have multiple
leaves (except the "new" species moved from Sauromatum), and I would like
to know if they will have more than a leaf someday.



On Wed, 8 Oct 1997, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:

> Typhophiles,
> I have about 25 species of Typhonium growing and the experiences I read
> so far on aroid-l are all REAL! However, most of my plants, as many
> phalloids, have synchronized with West European seasons, meaning they
> grow from April to ca. mid October. To prolongue growth and flowering I
> use a liquid fertiliser every three weeks (npk: 15-15-15 but I never
> tested other compositions). Typhos may indeed have a very short growing
> period but that is usually when they are not happy. When their cycle has
> been cut short, they may indeed try again a little later. Since most
> Typhos do appreciate quite some light, even sunlight, I advise to let
> them go dormant when autumns starts. This means no more fertilising and
> using less water. When they grow on in a period when lightintensity or
> amount is low, they tend to start parastising on their tubers, which
> diminish and become very sensitive to rot. Since their tubers are small,
> rot is often quite devastating in a short time.
> Typhos are the next best thing to phalloids...........
> Cheers,
> Wilbert

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