Voodoo Lily Blooming

becky_ia(z4 IA)March 21, 2011

HAPPY SPRING! Can you believe it has finally arrived?!!

Just thought you might enjoy a couple of pictures taken over the weekend of the blooming or (soon-to-bloom) Voodoo Lilies from a friend's basement. They called last Friday and said a couple of bulbs were about to bloom and would I be interested in seeing them before they had to take them outside.

So yesterday I got a first hand look at these extremely interesting, beautiful, blooms. And I can tell you....it is definitely something one NEVER forgets! Instantly when I walked in the side door of their house and down the stairs to their basement, you could tell they were blooming! The smell is horrible-it stinks-but not too overpowering. And there were four bulbs with only one starting to bloom. I can't image what it will be like with all four blooming.

He said they will be taking them out to the garage today, but wanted his daughter (who is coming from Wisconsin) to see them first. I was glad they called me too! It was amazing ... the blooms are HUGE and BEAUTIFUL.

We talked awhile about how he grows them; it is an awesome plant. He keeps meticulous records of each bulb; date he planted and dug back up, their weight when dug up, how much the flower stalk grows each day, the date it starts to bloom.... Extremely interesting.

Am posting two pictures to enjoy.

Becky

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ironious2

nice

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 10:04PM
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eclayne(Z6a, MA)

There monsters. Could you ask if these are amorph. konjac? They're on my wish list and I'm wondering how many years it takes to get that size.
Thanks, Evan

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 12:19AM
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radarcontactlost(8)

Those for sure are Amorphophallus Konjac. Flowering occurs in tubers as small as a grapefruit. An offset can reach the size of those pictured in 3 or 4 seasons if watered and fertilized well. They are a very easy and rewarding plant. Even with 40 other species in my greenhouse, konjacs blooming is still something albeit stinky.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 6:41PM
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dethcheez(Sunny SoCal Z10)

Those are nice...
+ They look cool sitting in the boxes...

Mine just bloomed for the 1st time this year
The flower only got up to 34in. tall but hey it's still a flower / LOL

Pics~ http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/aroid/msg0313323410384.html?3

Started with like a nickel sized corm about 3 years ago
After digging it up last season it weighed 4lbs with off shoot attached / 3.5lbs with out
& It's bloomed for me this year which was a suprize
Wasn't expecting it to bloom for an other year or two

Have To Say That The 'Smell" On This One Doesn't Disappoint

DC

Here is a link that might be useful: My Plant Pics

    Bookmark   April 7, 2011 at 5:29AM
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eclayne(Z6a, MA)

Let's see. Tubers as SMALL as a grapefruit can flower! These will easily be the largest tubers I have. At least in a few years. I wonder what those pictured weigh? Given that I'll be growing in z5a, plant last week of May and lift mid-October, how long to flowering size from off-sets do you think?

radarcontactlost, with a greenhouse in z8 do you mostly grow tropical species?

dethcheez, Do you have any pics?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 5:52PM
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