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Does anyone on this forum still grow Amorphophallus?

#1 User is offline   Ifurita 

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:00 AM

I've recently been poisoned(don't ask :hitmyself:/> )and have become quite interested in this group of plants. Although I'm keen to grow them, obtaining plants beyond a few species seems difficult and now that csbear isn't growing them anymore, I'm not sure who is...or if anyone still grows them. Posts on any Amorphophallus are few and far between.

Does anyone here grow this group of plants? Any advice to give someone starting out?
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#2 User is offline   Robert T 

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:26 PM

amorpho were easy to grow-either from seeds or bulbs.

They grow wild in our garden. 2 species were found-hewitti and eburneus.

hewitti - some that i raised successful from seeds.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:45 PM

I have planted the konjac bulb for a few months. Still no progress. :(/>
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

I used to grow them. 3 growing stages : active growth, dormancy + flowering.

Lost the bulb during the dormancy stage as the soil was kept too wet & it rotted away + eaten by insects.

Interesting plant tho.

Have you managed to get them yet ?
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:54 PM

It has been 8mths. The growth tip is swelling up though and it's not rotten. Hoping it's a flower. Fingers crossed. :X

How long does it take to develop. I have bought the normal elephant yam from the market.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:23 AM

Yup, managed to get some. The tubers seem to go fungal extremely easily though. I've tried storing in moist media, bone dry media and out of media, but they seem to just go fungal. Gah. Luckily its all common stuff though. When I asked what was rare and what wasn't, someone once told me that "if it was a species I could get, its common".

I'm trying to get the "big 4", but no luck getting hewitii(Robert, you're so lucky!!!) and decus-silvae(guess its rare). A. titanum seems super easy to grow though. That one I can just leave in the media during dormancy and it doesn't rot, go fungal or otherwise die. Maybe it only gives trouble once the tuber gets really big.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

Yes, I do grow them! I love the African and Madagascan species especially. Actually, I might have extras of some rather rare species to sell in a couple of weeks' time... ^_^/>
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