Titan Arum, Bunga Bangkai (Corpse Flower)
Amorphophallus titanum

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amorphophallus (a-mor-fo-FAL-us) (Info)
Species: titanum

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aripeka, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Guyton, Georgia

Vinton, Louisiana

Poughkeepsie, New York

Red Oak, Texas

Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

11
positives
3
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 30, 2015, Alexk82 from Mulberry, FL wrote:

All I can give is my personal experience but it's all positive. This plant loves heat and I live in C. Florida so it works. I started with one, it was $75 for a dormant corm, which is a little much for some but it's the biggest flowering structure in the world so....., it took off pretty soon after potting. Two years later it's about two feet with three growths. It likes to stay pretty moist when it's growing but don't wAter heavy until the plant sprouts and roots form to avoid rot. Use fast draining soil. I put a slow release fert due to it's love of eating. it goes dormant when it cools off, leave the leaf until it totally dries, then remove it. I store mine after I clean it and give it a dip in a fungicide I use for my orchids, on a shelf in my room. Put it back outside when it wakes up... read more

Positive

On Sep 27, 2012, Cheese100 from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

I am giving it a positive, because when I received my very first one, it only cost me $59! Not to mention that it was already a year old and looked very healthy. I have had it for about two weeks now. The guy I bought it from said that it's dormancies what're out of whack and that it goes dormant in summer and grows in winter, well it's getting into summer weather now and it is still going strong. I am hoping to get a clipping to propagate before it goes dormant. Ever since I got it my brother has been asking if he may get one too and I said that if he was nice while the seeds are ripening then he may have 3. I reckon that so long as it's requirements are met than it is a relatively easy plant to grow.

Positive

On Apr 8, 2011, napoleonm from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

Amorphophallus titanum also known as titan arum should not be grown as a houseplant. It is large, sometimes, reaching 20 ft high but ideal in a botanical garden private or public owned. When the corm is mature it may bloom every three or four years. Most botanical gardens in the USA has one but this year not one has started to bloom, hopefully in the summer. When one is in bloom, it becomes a huge event, people lining up to see the bloom (more of a beautiful sculpture).

If are interested in obtaining one or two, please let me know (314-469-1157)

Positive

On Feb 25, 2011, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have been watching for this plant on Ebay for a while now. Every auction I have seen on ebay for titan arum was for 3 inch bulbs and smaller. Note that these tiny tubers have sold for anywhere from $62 all the way up to a recent auction which ended at $505 for a 3 inch tuber. Please do not waste tons of money on one tiny titanum tuber! I bought a 4pound tuber which is 8 inches across from http://www.tindaraorchids.com if you're going to buy one get your money's worth!

I highly recommend that you do online research about this plant, it can grow 15 feet tall, do you have room? The tuber must never dry out, but never be soaking wet, can you provide this? The huge leaf needs protection from high winds, ... read more

Neutral

On Apr 3, 2010, Actee from Paris
France wrote:

A. titanum seems to be addict of hot temperatures and light. I got 2 growing in large pots, full of forest compost (pH 6) with some coated fertilised mixed within the soil. It grows fast and healthy (even in a dry air). But it grows so high, oh boy ! After 3 years of growing, the biggest reaches 6' tall, with a leaf stem as large as an arm. Next leaf will be very problematic. This is the reason for I rate it as "neutral". But I do not consider it to be harsh to grow, just cumbersome...

Positive

On Jan 28, 2009, BobGoblin from Vinton, LA wrote:

I grow Amorphophallus Titanum in a greenhouse with 80% shade, but supplement this with fluorescent lighting. I ordered mine as a small, 6" plant, early summer of 2007. It went dormant that winter, resprouted this past summer 2008 and is still in active growth this winter. It is now approx 12" tall and has produced a second sprout. I keep a terrarium warmer pad under its pot during cooler months, since titanum likes it hot. I do not find it has been that difficult to grow (so far--I'll keep everyone posted if it does well or if I manage to kill it!). I use a mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 potting medium, and 1/3 perlite, and have it in a clay pot. I sterilized my potting medium in my oven at 175 degrees F for 45 minutes after reading articles about how easy it was to rot the tuber. I... read more

Neutral

On Sep 3, 2008, evr from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

lol I just noticed that "Bunga Bangkai" when translated in Tagalog is "Corpse Flower" -_-. It's just the grammar is different. NOTE: Tagalog can be grouped with the Malay and Indo languages.

I've been reading it as bun-ga bang-kay as suppose to boo-nga bang-kuy (suppose to be all short "a"s), because I'm used to reading English and my accent is also westernized.

Also when translated, "bunga" means bloom or fruit, depending on what plant you're talking about. Well usually we use "bunga" when describing a fruiting tree.

On the other hand, when "corpse flower" is translated to Tagalog word by word it's "Bangkay bulaklak" (boo-luck-luck).

Perhaps "Bunga Bangkai" is from a Malay or Indo-group origin? LOL enough about the etiology ... read more

Positive

On Mar 15, 2008, mochimo from MIddle Blue
Indonesia wrote:

I have found one during my exploration on Borneo forest. We are settle down a camp site without noticing it. I was attracted with slight rooten smells. I searched and I got totally amazed! Bunga bangkai with 2,5 meter high and 1 meter wide. It blooming! Once in 10 years is a special moment, even in our region. Not all people could see these experience.

Positive

On Aug 1, 2007, CAT123 from Aripeka, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I Have Amorphophallus bulbifer and amorphophallus. paeonifolius snake lily and voodoo lily the voodo lily really stinks I've been growing them in clay pots for about 10 years its amazing how much the blubs have grown in size its exciting to check each spring I dump them out and repot when I see new growth where ever they start growing they need to stay in that spot they don't take changes very well as far as sun or shade . and when they go dormant I put them on a shelf in my shed and don't touch them again till spring no water whatsoever till spring I now have about 20 of them they propagate in all kinds of ways blubs on the leaves off the sides of the blub and off the flower lack of a better word (phallus and red cabbage looking thing) very easy but tempermental Cathys Garden... read more

Positive

On Dec 17, 2006, JamesPark from Auckland
New Zealand (Zone 9a) wrote:

Actually, with adequate care, Amorphophallus Titanum is rather straightforward. You can purchase seeds on Ebay which are a rather good price and you may even be able to get a germinated seed (it takes 6 months). Nematodes etc will NOT be a problem if you sterilise you compost (which should be well drained) with boiling water. I live in a rather difficult place to grow plants like this but have suceeded very well. The seed you need to purchase must ne damp. Good Luck!

Negative

On Nov 19, 2005, c_etude from Winter Haven, FL wrote:

I said "negative" only because it is *very* difficult to grow.

(1) A single tuber is very expensive. It is highly prone to fungal infection no matter what you do.

(2) If you water it even a little too much, it will die; not enough it dies. So far my third attempt it is finally growing (that makes 3 plants I bought; two of them have died)--but only in a greenhouse under artificial light. Perhaps because I'm living in Florida and it gets too hot??? who knows.

(3) If you decide to get this plant, KNOW IT IS A GAMBLE. But having seen a tiny new leaf coming from the base, it was almost ecstatic. I *finally* got this thing going.

If you want to grow a corpse flower, get an Amorphophallus konjac-now that one thrives and makes lots o... read more

Positive

On Nov 7, 2004, Yuska from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant bloomed in the arboreteum of the Stephen F. Austin University in Nagadoches, Texas in July 2004. It is called the corpse flower because for several hours after opening the perfume smells like rotting flesh. In Indonesia the flowering plant sometimes towers over nine feet and the blossom may remain open 48 hours. The plant grows from a corm. The woman in the picture is my friend Bonnie, a Master Gardener. Yuska

Positive

On Aug 19, 2004, nuljin from lendelede
Belgium wrote:

On the 20th of June 2004 I planted 6 seeds I received from Troy Davis, they were saved from agricultural devolopment in Indonesia. Planting of the seeds is rather time-consuming, since Amorphophallus ssp. develop a tuber and this particular species is sensitive to fungal attack and nematodes. This requires for a near-sterile environment.
The soil consists of sterilised leafmould with perlite added for drainage. After choosing a pot of about 15 cm diameter and 25 cm high it is filled with the sterilised composed. A handfull of the soil is then skooped out to leave a depression the size of a small fist. This depression is filled with washed sand (can be either course or sharp) and the pot is then further covered with a centimeter of sand.
The reason for the sandpocket is the ... read more

Neutral

On Jul 10, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yes; I too was watching it for several weeks. Even in the middle of the night when, my illness woke me up.
I agree that it was something extrodinary.
But my comment is 'Neutral' becuse I saw something happen on Tuesday night, July 6th, 2004 at 3:09 AM; that shouldn't have been going on.
I agree that the plant was his; and to him it was an experiment. I was waiting to see something spectacular like that bloom; but what I saw, was him putting his hand down into the budding plant to 'take a specimen' of some sort.
The bud was opening at the time.
The plant must have found this to be intrusive. This was not good for the plant.
I noticed that after he did that; the bud started to close back up again, and never fully opened the way it should have.
... read more

Positive

On Jul 9, 2004, gardenmart from Oviedo, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I viewed an example of this plant at the University of Connecticut's greenhouse in Storrs, CT on July 7, 2004. This is a rare specimen germinated from seed brought back from Sumatra. It is one of two being grown by UConn. It is completely tropical, growing mainly in the wild in openings in the rainforest. The specimen pictured here took 10 years to achieve flowering size. It opened for about 2-1/2 days and was hand pollinated by the greenhouse staff with pollen from a plant that had bloomed in California the previous year. It is unknown at this time if it has set viable seed. It was an amazing experience!