Amorphs going dormant
Over the past two years I've been collecting all the different species of amorphophalluses I can get so that the patio out back looks like it should be on the cover of plant delights nursery's amorph section. Summer has been hot and dry so I've watered my little babies copiously, but Lately this part of Virginia has become fall like and the amorphs are reacting in kind. About two weeks ago my thaiensis began to wilt rather alarmingly and the stem went mushy so I put it in the greenhouse and stopped all watering. As it turns out I did the right thing because it has now gone dormant.
I'll post pictures a bit later, but here's what I got. My pot went from being round in spring to being alarmingly ovoid. When I unpotted the plant it had grown a bit. The bulb when I got it this winter and it is now about 3 inches in diameter and looks like a flattened apple. There are five rhizomes, four of which I broke off in cleaning it. Since two of the are as thick as my index finger it is a distinct possibility that they might live.
For now I'm not really interested in trading them, just bragging a bit as a proud papa.
I'm not sure how big the others will get right now, but my momma konjac and my star pup from last year have also made some alarming cosmetic changes to their own pots. Perhaps miracle grow potting soil was the wrong choice? I wanted tropicals not the Pottsylvania Creeper.