Amorphophallus

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  1. May 15, 2019 #1

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    Amorphophallus bangkokensis:

    As the flower (diameter abt. 20 cm) is a little bit smelly it had to go under a glass cover.
    The photos were taken a bit late, so the pollen were already produces as you can see on the last pic.

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    Amazing plant and I've heard about the odor,
    but never personally encountered one in bloom.
    Does it smell of death/decay? It's actually quite
    attractive in full bloom. Congratulations!
     
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    The bangkokensis is not too smelly. What I thought was the foreboding of the horrible smell during the fertility of the blooms was already its peak, so I was too late to pollinate it. The female blooms lose fertility after one day when the pollen starts to be produced, to prevent selfpollination.
    Lots of Amorphophallus species (e.g. ferruginosus which I showed already) doesen't smell at all, others are very bad like konjac or titanum.

    The worst smell in my opinion has A. henryi, but it is beautyful.
    I had one blooming some days ago:

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    Some years ago I made better photos and pollinated successfully.

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    The apex of the spadix is for the smell, it gets hot for better evaporation, the overlightet part underneth are the anthers and at the bottom are the stigmas

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    Nice! That looks really well grown. Congrats on the beautiful bloom! These have always fascinated me, but I've never really had the space, or the time, (...yet :p) to try them. How do you culture them?
     
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    I have encountered this one and it's a fascinating
    plant and has a very, rather odd appeal. However,
    the smell is overwhelming up close...whooooo!!!
     
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    abax, with a jar bell the smell is no problem at all.
    xiphius, space is not really a problem as there are very small species, too, like myosuroides and ongsakulii (10 cm) which are already blooming here. I'll take some photos soon.
    The care is quite easy, I keep them with my orchids, what gives my flat a bit a junglelike appearence and climate, the paphs like it. In winter (resting periode) the bulbs are stored completeley dry in a box, except some species (like titanum and lambii) which has to be kept wet all the time. The first group I keep in soil, the later one in sphagnum.
     
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    Cool. Perhaps I'll give them another look. Do you keep them in the pot for dormancy, or dig them up? If you dig them up, I assume you check them and then repot when they start to sprout?
     
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    You are absolutely right, I dig them up and store them in a box during resting period, when the flower appears in spring it doesen't need necessaryly any soil (see photo of A. ferruginosus). Except the species which has to be kept wet all the time.

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    Interesting! Thanks for all the tips!
     
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    Nice. Thanks for the info.
     
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    As promised here are pics of two smaller species:


    Amorphophallus ongsakulii,
    it reaches about 10cm and has very nice leaves:

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    Amorphophallus myosuroides,
    it reaches about 20 - 25 cm with white flowers and a very long spadix:

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    Interesting plants!
     
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    Hello Tom,
    in Salzburg soon there is blooming the most fascinating Amorphophallus titanum, by your Name I suppose that could be within your reach, otherwise everybody can follow the emerging of the flower online:

    https://uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=210019





    PS: I'm not sure if it is OK by forum policy to link a Botanical Garden, if not please remove it. Thanks
     
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    Michael, I am living in state of Delaware(DE), U.S.
    Salzburg is a beautiful place. I will be visiting Salzburg again next May(2020)...hopefully we will have some extra time to see the Botanical Garden.

    Thank you for the link. I am pretty sure it is okay to do that.
     
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    Ops, sorry, that might be al little too far, DE sounded like Germany to me...
     
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    Amorphophallus claudelii, my smallest aroid is blooming for the first time:

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    Do you count Arisaema among your Aroid plants? I have A. dracontium and A. triphyllum.
     
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    No, I have restricted myself to genus Amorphophallus, that is excessive enough for a windowsill grower like me. Have done the same with Paphs, I have no South American slippers.
    A. triphyllum has a very beautyful bloom, I was already tempted but still resisting...
     

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