Garage surprise: voodoo

I've gotten most of the plants out of the garage now, as it's been an up-and-down spring but warmer weather seems to be here to stay. It was so warm a month ago that most of it was outside already, but had to be dragged back in again when the cold returned.

The voodoo lily (Amorphophallus konjac) bulbs though have stayed on a shelf the whole time. I noticed recently that they seemed to be waking up...


..but that was a week ago and this is more than I expected!

Lucky me, each of my biggest bulbs are putting up flower stalks. This means that I'm going to have several of the rotten/death smelling blooms in the near future. Blech. One was enough...

The two in back were stopped by the shelf but have continued

...but five? I'll have vultures circling overhead!

I'm hoping that this doesn't mean that I won't see any foliage this year, as the one that bloomed in 2014 did not produce any leaves -- but did create these pups.

Here's a reminder of what the foliage looked like last summer:

We'll see what happens, but for now I just need to get these out of the garage before it's too late!


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Renee  – (April 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM)  

That's pretty amazing, that they start growing in the garage. The flowers will be rather smelly, but still cool this summer!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM)  

I'd love to have flowers. Mine have never flowered. My understanding is that it's an either/or situation, i.e. no leaf when there's a flower.

outlawgardener  – (April 14, 2016 at 1:20 PM)  

Very cool. I left mine outside in a pot this year and it's looking rather dead. Sometimes experiments go that way. I don't love it enough to drag it in and out each year but will enjoy seeing it's foliage on your blog.

Hoover Boo  – (April 14, 2016 at 6:28 PM)  

Cool plant! I've never seen one around here. Dramatic flower--which I assume you will photograph to perfection.

Alan  – (April 15, 2016 at 7:20 AM)  

Thanks for the confirmation Gerhard, I thought that was the case. I've got plenty of smaller bulbs that will produce foliage, I'm just not sure what to do with 5 flowers!

Thank you for all of the comments!

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