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anyone elses amorph konjoc comming alive ?

noonamah, Australia

Quote from tropicalnut777 :

have you tried titanum? thinking of buying a larger corm..
guess they are similar growing to konjac..
dormancy,leaving corm dry ..let flower.. rest..then pot up for
vegetative growth..then repeat..???
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Never let a titanum dry out, it's a one way street if you do. They need to stay moist even during dormancy. But you also have to keep checking for fungus, they're fairly susceptible.

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

thanks tropicbreeze.. so do you keep your titanum potted all yr round?
have yours bloomed yet? thinking of my konjac ..and all the energy that the corm puts
into producing the flower.. no wonder the corm reduces in size...
?? tropic..what potting mix do u find works well for your konjac and titanums???
reading on aroids.org postings there say..good compost, with good drainage..
i was thinking of using soil i use on my bananas..
mix of my compost,coir,worm castings,and pearlite...
i use plastic pots..and i cut holes on sides to help with better drainage..
i get some soil out sides..but not that much ..
?? on fungus.. do u use any fungicides on your corms..or just watch your watering real
carefully??
thanks tons.. more info i have hopefully when i do get titanum corm..i dont kill it..

noonamah, Australia

Tropical, when I was doing my research on titanum the two big things that stuck in my mind were that it's very susceptible to nematodes, and also susceptible to fungus. Then I found out that we do have a lot of nematodes here, and fungus, of course, is everywhere. So I followed the recommendation and got a good mix of organic soil, ran fungicide through it, and then washed it through with clean water. All this before getting the tuber. The pot I sat out under a big ficus because they don't drop branches. When the titanum was in and growing I watched it like a hawk.

It started early spring, just before our build-up season. In the build-up it began to wilt a bit despite only getting filtered sun through the trees. So I put a bit of a canopy over it to give complete shade and it looked better. The wet season came and I reduced watering. It grew right through. Come autumn (wet season over) it kept going. And then right through winter as well. No one told me they'd just keep going. Then early spring I came home from work and there was the shrivelled stem of the titanum laying against the tree. Left it a few weeks for the tuber to withdraw all nutrients then dug it out. The tuber looked good. I got another lot of organic soil but this time I put limestone gravel in the bottom of the pot. One text had that they grow in the leaf litter on limestone rock in Sumatra. I repotted and waited.

Every month or so I checked the tuber but no sign of growth. Right through the summer (wet season) it just stayed dormant. Come winter it stayed dormant. Finally early spring it started off again. One year later, almost to the day. The young plants I started off from seed and they're about 15 months old now. They say about 7 or 8 years to flowering. There's a lot of caring to be done with those. But if you're getting titanum, be sure to do all the research you can. Mine are outdoors all the time so they have their own set of particular requirements and problems. You'll have to be keeping yours indoors and that will have its own set of problems. It's a challenge but I think it's worth it. Anyway, that's what's keeping me going, I want to flower mine.

I did an article on Amorphs on another site some time ago. You might find it interesting:
http://cubits.org/Jungle/articles/view/791/

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

thanks again tropic !!!
yea.. its the challenge..and amorphs are really interesting.. :)
preaching to the choir on that.. :)
i'll read your article..thanks
ya.. ive been doing searches alot on titanum.. i probably read same/similar text that they growin leaf litter
with alkaline base (limestone)..
my own made compost is 1/2 shredded composted leaves.. my bananas have really responded well to it..
its in the working out a situation that works and we are rewarded with fantastic plants thats the fun
isnt it.. we have many failures..hopefully not to many.. and we learn from them...
thanks for all your insights.. !!!!

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

current pics of full blooming konjac

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noonamah, Australia

I like the perspective there. Sure it's not crossed with a titanum? LOL

Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

lol.. i wish.. :) i know theres alot i need to learn about amorphs culture..
esp keeping a titanum.. much thanks to u all for your insights..
i find the scent is more like a sour stale smell..
not really "bad".. not something i would think you would
find in a scented candle either.. LOL

Monroe, WI(Zone 4b)

Thought mine smelled like dead mice.

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

Nice flower tropicalnut777! Love the color of those, a deep maroon! The stink I don't find too bad but it's not great either! LOL!

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

Here's my biggest coming alive, Konjac:

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

Let's try this again:

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Provo, UT(Zone 5a)

really nice tommy!!! so im guessing its around 8" across??
from your $1 comparison pic...
i wonder why mine spiked so early..??? thoughts???
my last of the biggest corms is flowering now..
by others experiences seems mine are early..???
i kept them around 60F in dark..but i understand that really doesnt
have any affect on the corm..???
my earliest corm's flower is now wilting.. so i guess i need to let the
flower stalk wilt..and hopefully sluff off..then pot it up ...???
keep on dry side..till ready to go out for vegetative growrth for restoring
the food in the corm...???
good luck to ya tommy !!!
again..good pic !!!! :)

Poughkeepsie, NY(Zone 6a)

tropicalnut777,
My guess is it's sprouting early because it is a little warm in the room it's in?

Yes, when the flower stalk wilts just lop it off a few inches up from the bottom and you can pot up if you like. The rest of the stalk can be eventually pulled off and under that is the new leaf. Yes, keep dry until you see the new leaf stalk then water well.

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