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A. paeoniifolius wants another stalk

Posted by guy_in_bear_suit zone 9 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 20, 07 at 3:14

Hi, I have a potted A. paeoniifolius that has decided to put out a secondary stalk from the main bulb.
It only has about an inch or so exposed. My question is, should I abort the new stalk and if so, how do I go about it.
I mean, it seems a bit late in the season(late august) to be growing another stalk and this is the first time it has done it.
I'm not sure what I should do.

~A~


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RE: A. paeoniifolius wants another stalk

Please.. leave it in the ground. It is still part of the Mother bulb, and the second stalk will just give more energy to making a new bulb when winter comes around.

-M


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RE: A. paeoniifolius wants another stalk

I planted out several small tubers , most under 1" .
They just grew and grew , most had several stems all season . Just dug one up a few weeks ago and it was over 6" . Cant wait to see how they do this season .
This is in true wet tropics , in Feb. I had 2" of rain on average every day . I left a pencil poked in the ground , and it sprouted ;-)


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RE: A. paeoniifolius wants another stalk

It is always best to leave the stalks on. When it gets cold the plant itself will decide to end the growing season by allowing the leaf stalk to wither all by itself. In the process the energy that it took for the stalk to grow will go back into the tuber, making the tuber healthier and stronger for the dormant period.


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RE: A. paeoniifolius wants another stalk

When the leaves start to yellow I drive a stake next to the pot and tie the leaf to it to help support it while it whithers away. I feel it helps the tuber absorb the carbohydrates from the leaf.
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