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Re: [aroid-l] A. kiusianus germination

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] A. kiusianus germination
  • From: "Petra Schmidt" petra@plantdelights.com
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:15:30 -0400

Hey Randy...collect the berries as soon as they ripen and soak them in water
overnight, clean them off, and sow them...expect germination within a few
weeks...easy as pie.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Story" <story@caltech.edu>
To: "AROID-L" <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 11:23 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] A. kiusianus germination

> Hi,
> I just received some of Harry Witmore's Amorphophallus kiusianus seeds
> (thanks Harry!) and am curious about their germination.  The article on
> Amorphophallus cultivation (Hetterscheid and Ittenbach, Aroideana issue 19
> or online at http://www.aroid.org/genera/amorphophallus/amcult.html)
> that fresh Amorphophallus seed usually germinates in 1-3 weeks except for
> henryi and A. kiusianus.  I also checked in the archives where a couple
> people reported 2 year germination times for A. kiusianus.
> This is slow.  Has anyone ever tried speeding up germination in any way,
> such as by using Giberellic acid (a plant hormone, for those who might be
> curious)?  Or do I just need to learn patience, somehow...?
> If anyone knows of anything, even unsuccessful attempts, I would be
> It sounds that for most other Amorphophallus species there is little
> to try to speed things up.  Are there methods used with any other aroids?
> I do have giberellic acid and I will do the experiment unless someone can
> suggest something better.
> Randy

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