Arisaema griffithii

Eugene Zielinski
Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:11:15 PST
While we're on the subject of Arisaema...
As many of you know, Arisaema griffithii is available from a number of
general bulb vendors in the USA.  I had purchased these two or three times
in the past, with the same result.  I'd receive a firm healthy bulb and
plant it promptly, and that would be the last I'd see of it.  Last year I
purchased a bulb (on sale).  When I received it, I put it, unpotted, in the
crisper drawer of my refrigerator and left it there for about six weeks
(temperature 40 F/4 C).  I then planted it and, lo and behold!, it sprouted
roots and leaves.  Unfortunately, I let it dry out (vacation) and it
expired.  Either that, or our heat and humidity did it in.
I suspect that many of our Arisaema bulbs are imported from India, where
they may not get enough chilling during storage.  I'm going to repeat my
experiment this year, but I think I'll try A. griffithii as a house plant.

Eugene Zielinski
Augusta, GA

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