Twenty Inches In Twenty Days!!!

Amorphophallus sp. on 6-22-19, #593-4.

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you all well. I took a lot of photos yesterday and many plants have grown A LOT in the past week. None as fast as the Amorphophallus (Voodoo Lily), though. I was almost speechless when I saw them as was taking photos on the front porch on June 22. It was just shy of 20″ tall! Twenty days after I noticed it peeking through the soil on June 3. What is even more amazing is…

 

Amorphophallus sp. on 6-16-19, #591-5.

It was only around 6″ tall on June 16. So, in only SIX DAYS it grew approximately 14″. Last year, one of the bigger plants came up several days before the other. This year, they came up at the same time.

 

Amorphophallus sp. baby on 6-22-19, #593-5.

Last year there were nine offsets and so far only one this year… I am sure there will be more.

Next spring I think I may separate the two bigger bulbs. I am especially curious to see how big they are.

You can read about my journey with the Amorphophallus by clicking HERE.

Debbie Lansdown, a faithful reader and friend from the UK, sent a link to the Amorphophallus titanum (Titan Arum) now in flower and on display at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh.

One of the worlds biggest and smelliest blooms… They stayed open until 10 PM on Sunday so people could visit this AWESOME plant.

Amorphophallus titanum has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world and is a native of Sumatra and can grow around 10′ tall. The corms produce a single petiole and give rise to a single tri-branched leaf which produces many leaflets. Plants can grow to around 20′ tall and the leaf structure can grow to around 16′ wide.

Of course, such a HUGE plant must be from a HUGE corm. The worlds record is from a plant at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh weighing 339 pounds (153.9 kilograms). It reached that massive size in only seven years starting from the size of an orange.

I read that information from the Wikipedia page about the Amorphophallus titanum.

Until next time… Be safe, stay positive, and remember to be thankful. GET DIRTY when you can. We had rain AGAIN, so more delays for working on the south bed. I may just have to do it in the mud. 🙂

 

6 comments on “Twenty Inches In Twenty Days!!!

  1. Jim R says:

    Will your amorphophallus grow to be that large? The people in the photo are all holding their noses. 🙂

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  2. C. Walden says:

    I have this one and I’m still waiting for it to flower. But the leaf and stem (and growth rate!) is definitely a match to Amorphophallus konjac, which is quite common in cultivation over here. 🙂

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    • Hello Caitlin! Glad to hear you have one. I’m not sure how old they have to be before they flower, so I guess we are in the waiting game. Mine is probably A. konjac, but since I acquired it from some who didn’t know either, I am not sure. It is one that is readily available. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    That’s a boatload of rain! We’ve had a lot of rain too this year, but I’m SO thankful I haven’t had to drag water hoses around at all this year. I am, however, spending way too much time on the mower!

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