Thursday, September 18, 2008

Amorphophallus Titanum seeds

This is a picture of Amorphophallus seeds. As you can see, the seeds can number in the hundreds. Seeds sell on eBay for as much as $15.00 or more. Hey, you can grow this plant for the seeds and make a small fortune. Now the bad news, there is only one case of this flower self pollinating. On January 26, 2000, the only self pollination known was at Huntington Botanical Gardens. In the United States only about 10 flowers have bloomed. You will need two flowers to pollinate for seeds. The flower is very unusual in that the small female flowers inside bloom first. By the time the male flowers open, the pollen is gone insuring cross pollination only. Depending on the plant, there are different types of flowers. Some plants only have female or male flowers like holly. Holly plants require a male and female plant. Flies are attracted to the Amorphophallus flowers. In the case of the Titanum, it is thought to be the dung beetle. The seed is the size of pecan nut…Try growing this seed. If I can do it, I’m sure you can!!!! Just get fresh seeds from a reliable source…Happy Thursday…

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