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    Hey everyone -

    My Amorphophallus konjac flowered today! I posted some pictures a few replies down.

    It has to be one of the weirdest alien-like things I have ever grown. Like a Jack-In -The-Pulpit gone horribly wrong. It doesn't stink too bad...yet.

    I was fortunate in winning a bulb at a silent auction at a New England Carnivorous Plant Society meeting last spring. Thanks to Matt Opel of The University of Connecticut for the donation.

    Over the summer, it grew into a huge bushlike thing - the stem was 4 inches in diameter and looked like rubbery tan salamander skin with green spots. I had been watering it with compost tea and I think it really liked the brew. In the fall, when I dug up the bulb, it was as big as a basketball. The large bulb has been sitting on my drafting table, not in soil or anything, and about 2 weeks ago started sending up a stalk that seemed to just keep growing. I had to move it to a lower shelf and then the floor because it was bending against the cieling. The height from the top of the bulb to the tip of the flower's long 2 foot purple point is 6 feet 3 inches. The texture of the bottom part of the flower looks like a magnified version of the skin on the back of your hand - it's a purply-pink color.

    Here's a link I found with more information.

    http://www.augsburg.edu/biology/phot...hophallus.html

    The top of my flower is much much darker - almost black, and the wrap is lighter - like badly surnburned skin.

    WildBill

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    Magnificent! Looks like your konjac is an early bird. Please do take some photos. I can't wait till mine flowers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I am looking to purchase a couple bulbs from this family.
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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    Hey , Copper , i have some extra small bulbs that yuo might be interested in this species and others , pm me if you want some or to trade them for something .

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    Fantastic Bill! I have yet to see my D. vulgaris and S. venosum flower! I am a big fan now of Aroids! I LOOVE Jack in the pulpits and Skunk Cabbage.

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    Dustin, after seeing how large your S. venosum grew, I'd be surprised if it didn't flower this year! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Well I did anticipate flowering this year. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The one tuber that's 4 inches across (10cm) should be a doozy this year. I am going to plant them in March so when it flowers it can go outside the greenhouse [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Well, it was a roasty 45 degrees here today so we borrowed a digital camera and brought the amorphophallus outside for some fresh air. It smells sort of like a big pile of raw hamburger meat that has been left out for a few hours.

    [img]http://home.**********.com/wildbill/AmorKonj1.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/wildbill/AmorKonj2.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://home.**********.com/wildbill/AmorKonj3.jpg[/img]



    Our dog, Gypsy, came into the plant room/ studio and started growling & barking at it a short while ago. Then she ran outside the window that has a big fan blowing out the fumes and stood there barking and barking. It's too funny.

    I hope some of you can make it to this month's NECPS meeting on Saturday. Nathan is giving a presentation on growing plants under lights & different kinds of lighting. I'm donating some nice plants to the silent auction too: 2 nice flytraps, a young Ceph, and this month's "Mystery Plant".

    WildBill

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