Re: A. Konjac growing season : A Question (fwd)


Dear Craig,
My answer to your question about dormancy cycles in A. Konjac is a bit
obtuse, but it has been my experience that one can "awaken" tubers, i.e.
break dormancy in the spring with gentle bottom heat.  I did this a number of
times when I wanted bloom for a March flower show, I would give the tubers
bottom heat beginning in early to mid January and it always prompted them
into growth.  Given their early season, they tended to go dormant a little
earlier in the fall.  What this might mean for your tuber which started late,
is that it will remain in growth longer into the fall to complete its cycle.
 I have also had the experience that if dormant tubers are left too cool and
dry in the spring, they will stay dormant longer which would be consistent
with my first statement.  My only "danger flag" is when a leaf begins to go
dormant to stop all watering immediately or there is danger of rotting the
tuber, regardless of the time of year.  Hope this helps  -  Michael Riley


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