i dont know where you are but berkeley botanical garden sells small plants of titan amorphophallus in there gift area. if they dont have a plant out that your interested in they will usually check for you and bring one out. so you might check other botanical gardens around where your at. i like buying from them, there plants are reasonably priced and in great shape and the proceeds go to maintain the garden.
I'm being a bit picky, but Amorphophallus titanum does not produce the world's largest flower. Not by a long shot. That distinction belongs to rafflesia arnoldii. Amorphophallus titanum makes the world's largest known inflorescense, which actually contains many, many tiny flowers. Amorphophallus titanum is very cold-sensitive. Amorphophallus konjac is much hardier, and much smaller. I have had konjac growing outside here in Pittsburgh for many years, and I never bother digging them up for the winter.
Hi I too wanted to have that titan arum but its just too difficult to find in our local area. But we have several species. just want to share my Amorphophallus urceolatus. Got the name with difficulty. good thing a botanist in international aroid society helped me. Here's the picture with my assitant.
Post by mitchelldavis76 on Dec 3, 2009 8:01:43 GMT 7
Walter, Not one flower, really? When I saw the one that Tim Divine flowered at Chico State, it looked like one flower to me. I'll have to find the pics.
The problem with growing an amorphophallus titanum is space. If you have a blooming sized bulb, once the flower is done (2-3 weeks and 1 week of bad smell), Then it sends up a HUGE stalk. Tim said his gets about 12'-15' tall. And the flower was still "Small" at about 4'-5' tall if I remember correctly. I've heard the stalks can top out over 20' tall. So why would any one want to grow this (A giant flower that smells like rotten meat)? Because it sure makes a great story over a cup of coffee. LOL! Mitchell
There are actually some plant groups that compliment with carnivorous plants, and Amorphophallus is one of them- there's just so much curiosity value inherent in these plants. Actually, Andreas Wistuba is one of those who's crazy with both carnivorous plants and amorphs (and also weird ant plants and ant ferns).