Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What's that smell?

We woke up this morning trying to figure out why it smelled like we had a sewer leak.  Checked all over the house, no problems.  I walked into the kitchen (where the plant stand is) and had a "duh" moment. In the night Sauromatum venosum opened.  Not super strong smelling, but enough to notice throughout the house.  Moving it to take pics didn't help any.  Unfortunately the spathe has already fallen and I had to hold it up for a full shot.  I was storing the bulb in my basement until I could plant it in the greenhouse in March.  It had other ideas and sprouted a few days ago.

 If it was nice enough outside (it's currently incredibly windy and we have 6' snow-drifts outside) I would go for hand pollination.  This is one cool (but horrid smelling) aroid.  Anyone with experience overwintering it in zone 5?  I have a small offset I will try in the garden.




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