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Posted by wkf on July 3, 2009 Amorphophallus walter knoll florist

Mr Stinky Revisited!

For all you Mr Stinky fans! And I am continually amazed to meet someone new who asks about Mr Stinky when they find I am the WKF blogger!
The beautiful flower from past posts shriveled away and I was left with a pot of dirt – for weeks and weeks nothing was growing out of the dirt – I poked around and found at least a dozen corms so I did some re-potting and shared a few corms/plants and waiting for what was left to sprout. Today, July 3 here is what Mr Stinky’s family looks like:

Mr Stinky and Family

Mr Stinky and Family

As you can see they are just beginning to sprout – much more interesting is the fact that several corms I left in the garden have been growing for about 2 weeks – REALLY GROWING! Two plants are over 3 feet tall and nearly that wide – take a look

See the smaller Stinkies in front of the steps?

See the smaller Stinkies in front of the steps?

This one showed up in the middle of the Iris Patch

This one showed up in the middle of the Iris Patch

I love the speckled stems

I love the speckled stems

Strange foliage - looks pre-historic to me

Strange foliage - looks pre-historic to me

So I guess with the mild winters we now have in St Louis, Mr Stinky will be perennial!

Comments

Sherry
Sherry July 4, 2009 at 11:11pm

I have been searching for the name of this oddity for years. I have one that blooms yearly and gets more than 4ft tall, during the foliage period also. It's the specific foliage that makes it completely different, and hard to find. I now have over a dozen of these in different pots.

Roni
Roni July 17, 2009 at 5:22pm

My mother has had this plant for over twenty years. In all that time it has only bloomed a flower only twice. We knew it was a vietnamese plant as the original owner had told my mother that when he gave it to her.

I have given these plants to many people over the years that are all fascinated by it.
We live in Delaware and take it in the winter and put it in a closet and do not water it all winter. Once the weather warms we stick it outside and water it.

A friend moved in the winter and her husband unknowingly dumped it in a compost heap, it thrived.

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