Although it's still quite summery here in St. Louis, I can't repeat my mistakes of previous years and keep all of my non-hardy plant overwintering tasks until the last possible moment. So I started yesterday by doing some excavation in a large pot.
Not much to see yet, although I've already taken out 6" (15cm) of soil. The scoop is no longer useful, as the rest of the work requires a gentle touch and therefore fingers alone.
A little more revealed:
Anybody know what this is yet?
With even more uncovered, you may recognize these as Amorphophalus konjac corms.
Here's a reminder of what this pot looked like a couple of months back:
These are quite large corms:
With plenty of smaller offsets, which have formed on the ends of long fleshy stalks (like some Colocasias do):
Since I'm reusing this potting mix, I have to look out for the smallest of the baby corms...
...as I've already had these plants popping up in a few unexpected places -- hey that container of Opuntia now has a little umbrella of foliage!
Since Amorphophallus konjac is supposedly hardy to zone 6, I'm going to plant one of these out in the yard and see how it overwinters. I expect it to do fine, but where to put it exactly?
Maybe I'll plant more than one since I have quite a few now...
I wish my underground food harvests -- garlic, potatoes -- were this successful!