RE: Amorphophallus growing season (was konjac ques.)

From: on behalf of Carlo A. Balistrieri
Sent: 	Saturday, September 06, 1997 11:20 PM
Subject: 	Re: Amorphophallus growing season (was konjac ques.)

>Now for my question: My larger titanum will probably hit my 10-foot roof
>this time. Is there any way to shorten the petiole without harming the
>growth of the tuber? Can't grow them outdoors here - all of my amorphos are
>killed by a few weeks of 105+ (40 C) temps.

>>No question about it Mark, you're going to have to dig a big hole in the
greenhouse floor and lower the pot into it!<<


>>Carlo A. Balistrieri, J.D.        Email:
P.O. Box 327
Ashippun, WI 53003-0327
Voice:     414.569.1902  Telefax: same number, please call ahead.<<

Remember to install a cheap sump pump with float system to keep this hole dry! 
To the many out there who have these larger species of Amorphophallus, bear in 
mind that eventually  they produce the largest leaf of ANY plant, yes, even 
larger than the largest palm!!!  Thirty feet tall, just as wide!! (Doubters, 
please see pg.72 of "Aroideana,Vol 17, 1994)
It may be getting close to the time to begin a debate as to the ultimate goal 
of the devoted Amorphophiles who have invested their time (and yes, money) to 
this worthwhile project of bringing these very rare and little-known giants of 
the plant world into cultivation.  This is the "flowering" of the dream of the 
late Dr. James R. Symon, who devoted a lot of his life to obtaining seed of 
these VERY rare plants for us, the "masses".   Perhaps we need to canvas the 
larger botanic gardens of the world and attempt to locate one (or many) with 
the correct height of greenhouse, where several of the larger specimens that 
may survive to attain a "respectable" size, could be shipped to and cultivated 
together, so that when/if they bloom and we get lucky, we could attain 
pollenation for the first time under cultivation, and thereby obtain more 
seed.  This seed could be re-introduced back into the wild in the future, when 
there are no more wild plants, or cultivated in greenhouses to provide the 
tubers for the people who presently rape the jungles for the valuable (to 
them) and at this time irreplacable adult breeding plants.
Comments to the Aroid-L will be welcome. 

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