Amorphophallus

Amorphophallus

Life form Herbaceous
Family Araceae
Origin East Asia
Ease of cultivation Easy, with little difficulty
The size Up to 1-1,5 m
Growth rate Very high, forming one large sheet of a year.
Lifespan At the end of the growing season the leaf dies.
Temperature In the summer: 73,4-82,4 ° F, in winter – not below 50 ° F.
Humidity Increased. In summer, spray at least 1 time per day.
Lighting Requires a bright lightly shaded light.
The soil Requires loose soil. Equal parts of sand, humus, peat and turf. Required drainage.
Watering The land should be moist all the time, but not too wet.
Fertilizer After starting the opening of the sheet 1 time in 10 days with soluble fertilizers with a high content of phosphorus. The amount of nutrients accumulated by the bulb will affect the intensity of flowering next year.
Reproduction Seeds and tubers. Seeds are planted at a depth of 1 cm in a mixture of peat and perlite and germinate under a polyethylene film. The tubers are planted in loose soil so that the germ can be seen from above.
Bloom Cob with a veil, the flower dissolves before the appearance of leaves, has an unpleasant smell.
Features of care The plant is rather hygrophilous, has a rest period of 3 to 7 months, during which the peeled tubers are stored in a dark, not cold place.
Difficulties The main pest threatening the plant is the spider mite.
Air cleaning
Toxicity It calls for caution as all Araceae. The juice of these plants contains oxalate crystals, which when chewing can lead to pain and irritation of the lips, mouth and tongue. In severe cases, they can cause breathing problems and swelling of the throat. It can also cause skin irritation.


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