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Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus seeding...

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus seeding...
  • From: ken@spatulacity.com
  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 22:45:13 -0400

Hi again C.J.

My biggest A. konjac reaches to about the top of my ear. I'm 5'9" and it's
in its pot about 6" from the ground. The corm was 11" across and weighed
about 12 to 15 lbs. It had flowered earlier in the spring.

I don't know if that's remarkable or not. It's my first konjac. It's the
second season I've grown it and last year it was about 1' taller than a
similar sized corm is this year. But only two observations doesn't really

Your konac "black stem" is named that way because the petiole is a
remarkable color? If you are putting together a box for me later this
season, and you wanted to include a small corm or an offset or two of that
then I'd be happy to compare its growth to my own konjacs of similar

-Ken Mosher

"C. J. Addington" wrote:
>     I had a few people comment on my Amorphophallus konjac, suggesting that
> I must be exaggerating their heights. Seven feet? Surely I jest! But it's
> true! I have this one strain (race, variety, subspecies?) that I call
> "black-stem" that I have grown for years that is just huge. I planted one
> 9-pound corm in a 25 gallon clay pot in May, and I can now walk under the
> out-stretched leaf blade upright without brushing its underside with my
> hair. All I can see looking up is the bottom of the leaf. Granted, some of
> the height is the pot - I'd guess the corm is sitting a good 18" off the
> ground - and I am no giant (I'm 5'6") - but this is a big plant! I would
> have to stand on a ladder to even see the top surface of the leaf. When this
> same corm bloomed in March, the flower was as tall as me.

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