Re: A. konjac (was: Contractile Roots)

You know, sort of on that note, I was at the grocery store the other day
and picked up my favorite hot dogs and noticed in the ingredient list
"konjac flour". Considering my interest in aroids I felt somewhat like a
bad mommy to my plants (but I bought the hot dogs anyway! Mmmmmmm..)

BTW.. are there any other sources for Amorphs that Plant Delights? They
seem to be good, but I am hoping for a wider selection on these amazing
plants and PD seems to only have a few. (I have an interest in collecting
some of the larger species if that helps) I'd love to try my hand at
titanum but I'm not sure I'm ready to part with 200 bucks for one just yet.
Also that mention of the giant Konjac sounded appealing, too.. Or by the
same token if anyone wants to sell an offset of anything cool, let me know.


At 08:51 PM 9/11/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear Rand, 
>     Amorphophallus konjac has been in cultivation as a food crop since 
>very ancient times by the Asians. Most plants cultivated for such a long 
>time lose their wild characteristics and start to behave oddly. You 
>should never trust a food crop! 
>Best wishes,
>On Wed, 10 Sep 1997, Rand Nicholson wrote:
>> A. konjac must be the clown of the Amophophallus tribe. One I have had for
>> years has acted in decidedly odd ways. I won't get into all that again,
>> except to say that after some rough times, this year I believe it has
>> decided to split into two. If you can go by top growth, then one of the
>> tubers will be almost the same size as the original and the other close to
>> it.
>> Or maybe it just decided to put out two leaf petioles from one tuber? I
>> have given up second guessing this one. It is still in its pot; we'll see.

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