Amorphophallus Gang

I'm in love. Deeply, madly, and passionately.

With Amorphophallus.

(If you translate that and have a dirty mind, okay, yes, that statement seems a bit naughty. But I'm hoping you don't do that.)

Amorphophallus is such an awesome genus. Although I only have three species and one related one, these babies are ones I plan on keeping around--and continuing to add to--when I cull my collection this fall. I'm still running out of room indoors (I filled the spaced I freed up by moving my collection outside), and the plants won't have room to come back inside this fall. So, I have to be more selective in what I'm growing. Things like Amorphophallus and Sinningia, which have dormant stages during the winter months, are perfect. The three Monstera deliciosa pots I have growing out front? Perhaps not as reasonable.

Anyway, on to the Amorphophallus love.

I potted two Amorphophallus bulbifer corms together very early this year. They started growing well before it was warm enough to put anything outside. One of the corms grew a second leaf a few weeks ago.

And now two more leaves are coming up! New baby corms? I hope!

It's hard to photograph the splendor that is my huge Amorphophallus konjac. I got it at the DC Tropics plant swap, and it's certainly one of my best finds. It has two huge umbrella-sized (not just umbrella-like, but sized as well!) leaves from the one corm. I'm hoping I get little baby corms when it goes dormant this year!

I'm unsure what this Amorphophallus is--and might not even when/if it blooms for me--but I'm hoping it's something awesome! Slow to start, surely, but it'll grow when it's ready.

I bought this as Sauromatum venosum, but The Plant List says it (and many other names) is now Typhonium venosum. It sent up one leaf in the spring--and a few weeks ago, it send up a second. But it didn't come directly from the tuber--it seemed to form from the side of the main leaf, kind of like Philodendron or Colocasia.

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2 Responses to Amorphophallus Gang

  1. Looks beautiful! I understand how you'd be totally enamored of this species!!!

    1. Karen, you probably could grow such plants into huge specimens where you live! They'd likely do fine just in the ground, without having to lug them back inside every winter. That would be such a dream for me!



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