B.vulgaris 'wamin', getting the internodes to swell

pianodoctor(CA 23/24)July 7, 2006


I am looking for information on how (or if) I can coax an in-ground 'wamin' specimen to take on the characteristic bulging internodes.

The specimen showed the "Buddha Belly" shaped culms when I bought it (in a pot) locally. However in 2-3 years in the ground no further culms have the shape, though the plant is vigorous.

I used to have one of these in South Florida and the culms were fantastic. Now I am in near-coastal Southern California where there is a lot less heat accumulation and humidity than South Florida. I'm trying to find out what can be done to get the Buddha belly shape going.

I also have a B. ventricosa "Buddha Belly" and the key to the shape seems to be stressing it with minimal food and watering. However I have been told this will not be the way to get the B. vulgaris 'wamin' to 'belly out'.

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hello_c_j_here(7 Cary, NC)

Hi, I have both plants here in NC too. The Buddha will divert back to "normal" straight growth once establised in the ground. The 3 large planter buddha's I have contine to grow with more and more distorted nodes and thicker culms. The ones in the ground are just getting taller with no real morphed look. They have only ben in the ground for 7 months so we'll have to wait and see. My Wamin is still very small and in a planter on the deck so I cant really make suggestions on that.
Take care

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 12:25PM
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bihai(zone 9)

Hi Rick,
I have a small Wamin and was told that you have to keep it potted and rootbound to get the bulges. Obviously, if you had it in the ground in Miami and it had the bulges there, that's not true...but I don;t have much choice, I have o keep it containerized here in Gainesville because it isn't hardy

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 7:02PM
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pianodoctor(CA 23/24)

A local expert here says the current thinking is to stress the ventricosa of water, not watering until the leaves show stress, but for the wamin, give it humidity and heat if possible.

I have definitely seen many excellent in-ground wamin specimens, but all in hotter more humid places than this. However I've got black rocks around the base of mine now, full sun, and irrigation every other day, so maybe that will do something. Biggest culms yet are just now poking above ground.

And.... Hello Bihai!


Rick Clark

    Bookmark   July 16, 2006 at 2:29PM
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