[Arisaema-l] Cold Storage

Ernie O'Byrne eob at peak.org
Tue Jul 12 05:08:30 CEST 2011

I don't know if it is unusual for container grown, but we have had arisaemas
in the garden stay dormant for up to two seasons and then come up after we
have pulled the tag, thinking that they were goners. This has happened
several times--the dormancy, not the tag pulling, we learned our lesson
after the first time--now we either dig, or usually just wait longer. The
weird thing is that they often come up larger than we would expect from the
size tuber that we planted. How did they gain energy without leaves?

Ernie O'Byrne
Northwest Garden Nursery
86813 Central Rd
Eugene OR 97402-9284

-----Original Message-----
From: arisaema-l-bounces at science.uu.nl
[mailto:arisaema-l-bounces at science.uu.nl] On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 2:54 PM
To: Arisaema-L
Subject: [Arisaema-l] Cold Storage

In the winter and spring of 2010, I had stored a couple of pots of Arisaema
dry in the fridge after failing to get them to come out of dormancy in late
winter.  I put them back in the fridge in May of 2010, and totally forgot
about them

The other day, in late June 2011, I came across them and moved them outdoors
into the lath house.  They are now sending up shoots.

These are  A. yunnanense aridum and A. fargesii.  Both were raised from seed
from AEG.

I was really surprised that the seem perfectly healthy after failing to come
out of dormancy 18 months ago and stying dormant again for the past 13
months.  Is this unusual behavior for container-grown Arisaema?

Jim Shields
in hot, humid Westfield, Indiana

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA

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