Broken arisaema

Roy Herold rrh at GENESIS.NRED.MA.US
Thu Feb 4 03:23:38 CET 1999

At 9:05 PM -0500 2/3/99, William Perez is rumored to have typed:
> I could kill my cat now.  S/he decided to whack my A. fargesii this
>afternoon which
> caused the stem to keel over.  I unbent the poor thing, the arisaema that
>is, and
> propped it up with a stick.  It's dead, isn't it?

Nah, it's just resting. If you completely lose the main leaf, there should
be plenty of dormant buds around the periphery of the tuber that will take
over. If it's early in the season for your plant (I trust you forced it
inside), you may see new, smaller leaves appear in a few weeks. If it's
late in the season, the whole plant may go dormant for a while until its
normal time to start up again.

Do not, I repeat, do not kill your cat. Even if the voles and mice cheer
you on.


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