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Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9279253

My Konjacs are starting to go to sleep. Leaf stalks are flopping over now. Close to digging them up time.
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9279279

hey tommy.. :) have you had some chilly weather there then?
our days are in low 80sF still..nites are mid/high 50sF
leaves on my konjacs are firm..but some sun burning.. im not going to give
them so much sun next yr.. :)
im anxious to see how the corms are.. sort of like christmas in fall..LOL
keep us posted on when you unpot them and how everything did...
post pics too.. :) thanks...
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #9279374

I unpotted a few of the 1 foot tal ones. Each had some baby corms. About dime sized. My LARGER plants I haven't touched yet but one is flopped over so in the next few days I hope to dig that out and clean it off to see how it did.

It IS like Christmas! You never know what you'll find when you start cleaning the dirt away!

Forgot to add, we've had some evening temps in the low 40's. So the cooler, longer nights are making them sleepy.

This message was edited Sep 18, 2012 7:49 PM
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9279429

very cool tommy !!
fall is mixed for me.. it actually is my favorite season..
but with it comes digging all my tropicals out of the gardens..and winterizing them..
30+ bananas
100s of EE
less than 10 gingers
a TON of cannas
the amorphs arent that bad..i think i have around 30..most are konjacs
and from last yr..they were easy to overwinter.. the evergreen amorphs will be a
bit more work..but well worth it !!! :)
one gives me more time to read,see what new plants i want to try next yr..
since i dont have to spend so much time with the lawns,vegy/flower gardens..
so this a bit more fun..since i get to see if i grew the amorphs well or not..
im thinking when we start getting 40F temps at nite is when my konjacs will start to wilt too..
were "suppose" to stay in current weather for awhile .. but with weather..that could change
anytime.. lol
hope ya take some pics tommy!! i will when i start to dig my out..
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9281471

I love fall too. I always take 2 weeks off, usually in October so I can enjoy it and get my plants inside. I have a bunch of Venus Flytraps and Sarracenias that I have to prep and bag so I can put them in the bottom of the fridge for the winter.
It's a busy time but relaxing and fun! Will take some photos.
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

October 14, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9304733

hows the harvesting going tommy??
all my amorphs are unpotted ,washed and dried now..
my overview of how i did is .. 1st it was a tough summer..
i wont be planting my amorphs in full sun again..
i need to bump up the level of my dilution of fertilizer
i need to water more frequently
i need to put my bigger corms in BIGGER pots LOL
mother nature.. dont think i can do anything there :)
all my corms are frim,good looking,good roots on i think my soil
mix is alright..
i am to stingy on my fertilizing though..i do this with all my plants.. LOL not like
i cant afford more..LOL.. i think less is better,i do fertilize with every watering..but
i do about a 1/3 concentration on my fertilizing..
none of my plants ever show any sign of fertilize burn.. i have to get past this..LOL
?? how did you do tommy?? and u all???
i'll get some pics taken and post...
much thanks
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2012
3:29 PM

Post #9306334

Well here is my biggest corm, an 8 Pounder. I also have a few 3+ pounders and some smaller.

I fed them 1/2 the recommended rate on the fertilizer package. Every week or two. Soil is very free draining which is important so I use lots of perlite.

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Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

October 15, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9306390

great pic tommy.. :) i dont know if any of my biggest corms hit 10 lbs..
i think ive got the soil right..i think i need to increase my fertilizing..and get them
out of such direct light.. poor things.. LOL :)

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