Amorphophallus garden crop

houstonpat(9a)July 25, 2011

I did the exorcist head twist when I drove by a gas station and saw his garden. I went back and talked to the guy. He's from the south tip of India. He grows A. Paeoniifolius for food at his suburban gas station. He has about 75 plants in the ground. He explained how he propagates them, and prepares them to eat.

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bluebonsai101(6a PA)

That is very cool.....I've seen these in lots of Indian markets over the years, but always frozen never ready for planting :o) Dan

    Bookmark   July 25, 2011 at 7:01PM
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sitting_boy

Wow that's amazing.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 3:34PM
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tommyr_gw

Man that is great!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 10:17PM
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houstonpat(9a)

The owner/grower is a cool guy. He's from SW India. He grows beens around the base and bitter melons on the fence.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 11:29PM
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ironious2

Mind sharing what he said on how he reproduces them?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 11:46PM
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houstonpat(9a)

He says he cuts the tubers into quarters making sure to split the growing tip in fourths. He does this in the spring and immediately plants them without any other form of pretreatments such as fungicide or rootone. I have a couple large tubers from this year and will ask him to give me a hands on lesson on how to do it. I'll take photos and post. Meanwhile I will stop by and ask him to call me when he does his harvest this year so I can check out his crop. BTW he sells most his harvest, about 500lbs, for ~$4/lb.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 11:36AM
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tommyr_gw

Looking forward to the photos and THANKS in advance for posting them!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2011 at 9:05PM
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eclayne(Z6a, MA)

Just about every time I visit the forum I have to stop in and look at your photos! Brings a smile every time.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:06PM
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houstonpat(9a)

Thanks eclayne. I'm going to try and get photos of his cutting and planting process.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 11:00PM
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houstonpat(9a)

Amorphophalus as food in Houston.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 7:47PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Fascinating! And it looks really cool. Good for him!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 12:19PM
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petrushka

wow, these are very decorative plants. are the leaves leathery? is it prone to pests? i'd love to grow them as ornamentals, that is when i get to the south...eventually ;). do they have a common name? what do i ask for?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 1:25PM
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petrushka

sorry for the above exuberance, i looked them up. voodoo lily - nice ! this will definitely be smth for the future for me. am curious how other people get tubers. ebay? and another q: how do they cook them? what do they taste like?
i proly won't let my bloom...though ;)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:05AM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

Is this a tourist attraction? I know someone who is going to Houston in a few months :)

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 8:33PM
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tropicbreezent

"...i proly won't let my bloom...though ;)"

A. paeoniifolius isn't too bad. I have 2 varieties, one doesn't smell, and the other has a weak but noticeable smell.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:12PM
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