Very nice! I'm growing this plant but it has not reached flowering size yet. Has your plant produced offsets? Mine produced three last year which I seperated from the mother plant and planted up seperately. And then there were four.
How bad does it smell? My wife already thinks my plant collection is a little over the edge. She will think I've lost it if I stink up the house.
Hey Glenn -
Most people who know me think my collection is already over the edge! I love sharing it with kids.
The Amorphophallus didn't stink as bad I thought it might. I must say I was a bit worried and expected total gagging sharp putrid rankness. The way I can I best describe it was like a giant mound of warm hamburger meat. It was only bad for about one day. Today it hardly smells at all.
The plant did make some babies - garlic sized bulbs. They are already spoken for. If I have some left over I will post on the Trading Forum. I don't know how long until they would grow to flowering size. This plant really liked the compost tea - I think that's how the bulb grew so large in one year. I had watered with it and also sprayed the foliage.
I made the tea by putting a trowel full of compost into some nylon pantyhose and knotted it. I put this into a 5 gallon bucket, filled it with water, and put an airhose hooked up to an aquarium pump into it to provide aeration. After a few days I added about a 1/4 cup of molasses to the brew and used it a few days later. It's supposed to provide all kinds of beneficial nutrients & microbes that help growth & fight disease. It worked wonders on our tomatos. I tried an experiment - misting it on S. flava and it seemed to have a stunting effect while on VFT it seemed to help. It wasn't any kind of controlled experiment - just 2 equal sized plants of each. The funniest thing was that the brew seemed to evaporate quickly - then I found out that the dogs loved to drink the compost tea instead of their water!
About your tea, just regular compost If so, I might do a little treatment of it on my Jack in the pulpits and my S. venosums this year just for kicks.
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Just regular old compost from the compost pile. To mist the plants, I strained it into one of those 2 liter plastic pump sprayers. They are like 10 bucks at Home Depot or Lowes.
Last night, the tall purple cone on the Amorphophallus flopped in half. I'm still going to bring it to the NECPS meeting today, however, so the members can see it. Good thing it doesn't stink anymore!
Rumor has it that someone has donated some nice tuberous sundews that are just starting to sprout. Sounds like another silent auction frenzy - I wish more of you guys lived closer to share the loot!! Keep an eye out for updates and photos from the meeting.
Dang that is so cool isn`t that the genus that the largest flower in the world comes from? I just love aroids!
Pond Boy, that is the Amorphophallus titanum you mention and yep, it is one of the largest Inflorescences in the world (up to 3.3 meters in height!). The largest true single bloom flower is Rafflesia arnoldii (up to 1.5 m in diameter), Rafflesia in generally considered "uncultivatable" since it is an endophytic parasite of the Tetrastigma vines.