One Mighty Bloom

Yesterday for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day I showed you everything that was in bloom in my garden right now.


Except I left one out. Normally this isn't such a big deal as there are lots of blooms that go unnoticed on a single trip around the garden, but this one can't be missed. It's so significant in fact that I felt that it needed its own post.

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It's my biggest Amorphophallus konjac or "voodoo lily", and although the bloom isn't fully open yet I wanted to document it before something strange happened (like a raccoon deciding to climb it, or a clumsy deer coming by).

So here's my look at the bloom which is currently about 4.5' (1.4m) tall.









The smaller voodoo lily tubers don't bloom -- I wonder how many years it takes to start blooming? This huge one came from my friend Mike last year, and I don't know how old it is.

A single photo doesn't do this huge bloom justice, as I'd have to get too far away and you'd lose the impact (there are lots of photos of people standing next to these blooms available) so I decided to let you see the whole thing up close. There's some overlap between images, but that just enhances the effect. I hope you enjoy scrolling.


I wonder if I should move this pot to the front yard so my neighbors can enjoy it too? Would it have a greater chance of getting deer damaged out there? Hmmm...

I can't promise that I won't post about this amazing bloom again next week.

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM)  

WOW! What a marvelous sight.

You are so lucky! I've been waiting for, what, 6 or 7 years for mine to bloom. No luck yet.

Steve Lau  – (May 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM)  

Looks like the difference in temperatures for your climate and mine. The one you sent me still hasn't activated yet, but it should be warm enough in June to get things going. I've also found out that formed leaves under a t5 setting don't do well in adjusting to outdoor full sun while the ones that don't have leaves yet do pretty well.

Alan  – (May 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM)  

Gerhard: how large is your tuber now?

Steve: this one started emerging in the garage when it was still quite chilly in there, so I guess when it's time to produce a bloom, there's no stopping it. :)

Laurin Lindsey  – (May 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM)  

That is very unusual...reminds me of the big Corpse flower they had here in Houston at the Museum of Natural History! How big is it?

Alan  – (May 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM)  

Laurin: it's about 4' tall. Smells like one of the big Corpse flowers too -- horrible, like a dead animal.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM)  

Alan, I don't really know how large my tubers are. They've been in the ground all this time.

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