Amorphophallus titanum bloom

Paul T.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:32:48 PDT
At 06:22 AM 18/06/2009, you wrote:
>How interesting that these are going to bloom up in Berkeley and down at
>the Huntington (any day now) at virtually the same time despite the fact
>that both are being grown in greenhouses under completely controlled
>climate conditions. The only thing neither location really controls is
>sunlight (intensity, duration, angle, etc.).


Apparently plants in the wild side-by-side can flower at totally 
different times of year.  I was reading about them a few years ago 
and there seems to be no distinct reason why they flower or produce 
leaves.... they just do it at whatever time suits them.  Each leaf 
can live for about 18 months, followed by a couple of months dormancy 
and then either another leaf or a flower.  It doesn't seem to be 
anything to do with climate, in that the time of year is irrelevant 
and the plant just does it's own thing whenver it feels like 
it.  They are absolutely fascinating plants!!


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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