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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

A giant aroid that grows an enormous, single pinnate leaf on a thick, fleshy stalk from a huge, bowl-shaped tuber, about 30 cm (1 ft.) in diameter. When the leaf wilts in Winter or the dry season and the plant goes into dormancy, the tuber can be dug up and stored dry. Before a new leaf is produced, mature plants can sprout a giant, maroon inflorescence that is truly a spectacular sight, but emits a rather unpleasant smell. This giant aroid has been cultivated for centuries in the Indopacific region for the edible tuber and its native origins are obscured today.

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... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
This being from the Amorphophallus genus, turns out to be quite easy to germinate. Grow seeds in loamy soil or heavy soil. If you live in a temperate country, heating and humidity are important to ensure germination. The most important factor is not letting the seeds dry out by planting it as soon as you recieve your seeds. This is because amorphophallus seeds have a very thin ednosperm layer, and once dried out, cannot be hydrated successfully. Germination usually takes around 3 weeks.
Submitted on 07/06/2006 by Chui Shao Xiong www.csxiongacs@hotmail.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
very easy to germinate i recieved 100 seeds 5 were all ready germinating sowed them straight into moist sterile compost and covered with a bag andput them in a propagator at 25-30C dont let them dry out it will kill them 3 weeks later i have 60%germinated and the first ones are 6cm high
Submitted on 03/04/2005 by steve stevethelizard@aol.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
they were easier than had been previously expected to germinate. Really, they do not need anything special but you must make sure that they have sufficient bottom heat. some people have said that a fluctuation in temperature will make them germinate faster as it replicates day and night in the wild but i have not tested this so i would not advise it. They will grow in most potting composts or seedmixes but they must be sterile! The most common couse of seed loss is from germs or nematodes in the soil which can attack the forming tuber. You can pour steaming water from the kettle all over the compost then leave it somewhere inside to dry out if you do not have access to sterile media. Place the seeds on the compost which should not be filled to the top of the pot, then cover the seeds with about 1 - 1.5cm of fine grit or sand. this is available at most garden centres, probably sold as 'chicken grit' or just 'course grit'. this will stop surface mould and make sure the seeds do not sit in water leading to rot.the compost should be moist prior to planting and when the grit is filled over the top, water again but not too much. just so every part has a good covering of water but not an overflowing pot. Make sure the seeds do not sit in a pool of water, but at the same time, make sure they do not dry out. The sand on top will always look dry so do not rely on how it looks as guide to watering. Gently put you finger down the side of the pot and feel how moist it is. This watering method may seem difficult but it generally works out that way with little watering. Just don't water too much.if you do not have a propagator, remember to put the pot in a polythene bag or clingfilm to act as a mini-greenhouse. If you do not have a propagator, you can put them on a radiator but remember to sit them on a tile or large peice of wood as the radiator will be far too hot.These are generally not very hard to germinate and remember never to let them dry-out, overheat or stay too moist.(put a layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot to aid drainage, if you use a ceramic pot with only a few drainage holes, the watering should be easier).
Submitted on 23/03/2005 by Henry Cooke cookh003@RBWM.com

...easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Seeds are easy to germinate when fresh. never store dry, if not seed would fail to germinate. germinate in normal soil, without added nutrients.able to tolerate little drainage.Seed takes three to four weeks to germinate.
Submitted on 28/02/2005 by one of our visitors

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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