A. Konjac waking up!

tommyr_gwFebruary 23, 2013

Well one of my Konjacs are waking up! Currently growing a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch per day. Spring is coming finally!

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Leafhead

Mine bloom faithfully this time of year, then leaf around May or so...

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:35PM
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tommyr_gw

Mine do too.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 3:04PM
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lomodor(6)

sigh..i feel so left out..LOL :) weve had such a chilly winter here (utah) my konjac look like they are waking up..just
not totally awake..lol.. maybe i should give them some
of my strong coffee??? what do ya think.. lol
i know they will..eventually..
great pic tommy !!!!
how big is that corm?? looks like around 8"???
hopefully we get some good summer growth this yr and end up with some BIG corms for next yr ...

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 8:54PM
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tommyr_gw

8 inches it is lomodor! Good guess! I have several others nearly that size that haven't started growing yet. That's alright with me though. I have so many plants inside that I barely have room for any more! This is a hectic time of year for me as far as plants go! Next year it'll be alright, I'll be retired then and have more time to play!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:21PM
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lomodor(6)

yea on your retirement tommy!! im ways off from that.. sigh..lol.. our plants do take alot of our time..dont they..
a passion of love,and facination for sure..

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 11:57PM
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lomodor(6)

heres couple pics of my larger corms.. ive pulled these
out last couple days and put in slightly warmer room..
dont want every one to bloom at once.. id have to move
out..LOL

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 7:38PM
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tommyr_gw

VERY nice corm!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 7:49PM
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lomodor(6)

question to u all.. and sort of off topic of "waking up
corms" ..but... does anyone growing any stored dormant
types of amorphs do anything to prevent drying out of the corms..??
from my very limited experience my konjac have no problem there..i now have several paeonifolius..and i read they do/can dry out if stored out of soil..and inside where exposed to dry heat ..???
my paeonifolius look good..no shrinkage,firm..and as they are starting to sprout..im going to pot them up soon anyways..
thoughts???? much thanks...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 11:24AM
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Leafhead

try storing them in dry peat moss.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 11:32AM
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lomodor(6)

peat moss sounds good..i use to do same with my
dahlia tubers.. im sure the same..
just enough moisture so they dont dry out..but not
soggy
thanks

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 7:22PM
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tropicbreezent

I store mine in polystyrene boxes in plastic bags. Also got some in soil. You need to make sure they aren't too wet. Dampness, provided temperatures aren't too low, shouldn't be a problem. Dry peat moss should work as well.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 8:52PM
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lomodor(6)

i agree tropic.. i havent had trouble with konjac..
i do boil water on the stove everyday during the winter..
just to put some humidity in the house..i have gas furnace..and it dries the air out..
with my paeonifolius..im thinking they may need more humidity..???
with my dahlias..i would barely spray the peat with water..
and store in big cardboard boxes..

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 11:12PM
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lomodor(6)

ok.. heres another thought..lol on maybe helping konjac..maybe paeonifolius while out of soil from not
drying out so much..and maybe even giving the corm some
nutrients ..
?? i was thinking of lightly spraying the corms with kelp powder added to water??
i was thinking with all the energy from the corm going into producing the flower (if flowering size) and shrinking the corm..maybe some nutrients given to the corm at this stage ..???
what do ya all think?? has anyone tried this???
much thanks...
planted lettuce today !!! yea !!!!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 6:24PM
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tropicbreezent

Always worth a try. But I think there are processes going on in a tuber even when dormant. Might be worth while to do some searching and reading up on tubers in dormancy.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 5:08AM
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lomodor(6)

ya..i dont think spraying with the kelp will hurt the corms..
i am asking a couple people i know with phD's in plant
science what they think.. both work in tropical plants ..one has alot of work in aroids..so hope she gets me on right
track with this.. :)

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 11:27AM
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lomodor(6)

didnt know if i should start new thread or join on tommys..so here it is..:)
a few pics of some of the "forest" of amorphs ..lol
i took these this morning

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:46PM
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lomodor(6)

and a few more..smaller pots..

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:48PM
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tropicbreezent

They're looking good. I don't get home til later this week. See then what my little one is doing. Got a cold wintery blast last night, temp got down to 19.1C. I think we might be in for a few more days of this yet or lower, along with wind. The days should still (hopefully) get above 30C.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 10:28PM
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lomodor(6)

funny..even the titanums are comming alive now?? this is so odd..LOL
were to have this blast furnace heat thru wed next..
it hit 112F ( 44.4 C) in salt lake for 2 consecutive days
.i think friday,sat last.. geesshhh
hope all your plants are doing fine tropic!!!!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 11:33PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

I've forgotten how to do pics...I've got loads if pics of my konjacs, I just love it when the come out, mines in the "side show bob"
Phase the leaf is just starting to lay flat, it looks like a wicked poofy set of dreads!

What all do u have there lomodor?
I think I see konjacs, peonifolius, and suromatum venosum, what all else u git hiding in there?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:41AM
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tropicbreezent

Late winter/spring we get 38C to 40C and even though humidity is also starting to get up the titanums don't like it. So over 40C and the titanums will be getting really upset, especially with lower humidity. If you don't have wind then it would be easier to humidify the air around them.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 7:30PM
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lomodor(6)

tropic..hopefully the HOT HOT temps are moving on..
we only got up to 102F ( 39C) wow..its almost chilly..
LOL next couple of days just 100F..
no wind..no rain..just sun and heat.. sigh..
i gotta remember to hose myself off after watering the
plants too..:)
grab.. ya..those and a couple hewittii..titanums (that are just poking there petioles out)
i have my biggest pots..with 2 huge konjac,and 2 largest
titanum corms in other spot..almost complete shade..just a little mid morning sun..
please do post pics grab.. just under "post a follow-up"
theres the image file to upload (optional) "choose file."
hit there goes to your pic files.and lets see your stuff !!!
:)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 8:00PM
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lomodor(6)

i was lookin at my biggest konjac..and.. next yr..all things go well.. i could have some nice sized konjac corms next yr..
?? tommy?? youve had some monster konjac corms... where did you get HUGE pots??
biggest one i can find (box store) is 26" wide..its biggest they carry.. but.. if i do have some 16"+ corms.. im gonna
need even bigger pots..
???

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 4:45PM
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tommyr_gw

Local garden center is where I get them. If they get too big for those pots I'll build a crude container for them.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 5:24PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

I totally forgot I could sneak one photo per post in and not host it offsite!
Since finding out Flickr will only host 200 free photos, I've dumped them...and every pic I click, page I turn, anything I try to view on photobucket...I get redirected to some commercial, I refuse to use either now!

So here's "pappy" waking up!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:13PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

2 days later

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:28PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Sorry I don't remember exactly how long it was between pics, but they move do fast at this stage!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:33PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

This is that same day

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:34PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

The very next day!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:36PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

2nd angle same day as above

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 1:39PM
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tommyr_gw

They're fast once they get going. My biggest is now about 4-5 inches tall. SLOW to wake this year.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 2:50PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Wow that is slow!
Mines in full leaf now, it still has some filling out to do, but it's alot bigger than I anticipated, I was worried that it wouldn't have grown alot last year, that was its first year blooming, the tuber drew up and shrank dramatically!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 4:23PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Sorry to hijack your thread with all these posts, tommyr!

Both this and the above photo are from today

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 4:30PM
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tommyr_gw

No problem, Nice photo/plant!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 4:58PM
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lomodor(6)

great pics grab..
like tommy said..once they get going..whether flowering..or petiole.. they shoot up..
our really hot weather has left..whew.. its suppose to get
back close to 100F..but thats alot better than 105F+

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:56PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Here's a group shot...
From left to right:
2 forms of peonifolius
5 little A. Fucus jammed in one pot
A. Yuloensis
A. Symonianus
And the konjacs

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 7:49PM
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lomodor(6)

grab..u have the makings of a forest man!!! :)
lol..
looks like they are enjoying where u have them..and growing them.. way to go...
i see u have your pots sitting on elevated shelf/openings.
im doing same this yr with all my amorphs.. helps with
draining potting mix..i dont mind the extra watering..if the
corms get what they need..

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 9:15PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

I try not to let em sit on the ground at all, we have some really high concentrations of root nematodes, I used diatomaceous earth and cook all my medium for a good while...

That pic is A. Peonifolius, I'm unsure what form it is, it's has a super bumpy petiole, wonderful granite like pattern!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 10:38PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Kinna hard to make out, but I think you can get the gist of it...

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 10:42PM
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tommyr_gw

Really nice photos folks! SLOWLY mine are getting there. Not ready for photos yet.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 9:30PM
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