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Amorphophallus titanum (Giant Corpse Flower)

Amorphophallus titanum (Giant Corpse Flower)<span class="cross"></span>
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For the plant collector extraordinaire! This is one of the world's 3 largest flowers. In this case, for the height. The flower structure can reach 10 feet tall, with hundreds of small flowers at the base which have separate sections for both male and female flowers. The female flowers only accept pollination the first day of blooming, while the second day is followed by the male flowers releasing pollen. Because of this almost no plants have ever self-pollenated, which is why you need a second source of pollen to fertizlie the female flowers. It is known as the corpse flower for its distinct smell of rotting meat (for the first two hours it smells more like rotting fish). This scent attracts its main pollinators, flies.


These are first year growth seedlings we are offering. In ideal conditions, some of the fastest plants have blossomed within 8 years of planting, though it took us about 12 years before our first plant flowered. The warmer your conditions are the better as this is a lowland Southeast Asian plant from Sumatra. It can grow in intermediate conditions just fine, but will have faster growing potential if kept warm at all times. Once flowering size is reached, the plant can re-flower within 3 years after one more vegatative state between bloom seasons. We have seen plants go dormant for up to two years after flowering.


The plants foundation is a corm (like a large potato) that is underground and hosts a petiole (stalk that supports the leaves) with palm-like leaves on top. Foliage-wise, this is an attractive plant. After about a year of growing, the petiole and leaves will turn yellow and decompose, leaving just the bare corm underground to sit dormant until it decides to sprout another growth. This process happens years on end until the corm is ready to host a single flower, which technically lasts about 4 hours during the peak of blooming.




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An orchid plant may arrive in bud, in bloom or in various stages of in-spike development. A plant in-spike can take anywhere from 1 week to 2 months before flowers begin to open. We are one of the few nurseries to ship orchids in spike or bloom. Most of the time our carefully wrapped orchids in-spike or in-bloom arrive in good condition. However, due to conditions beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that all flower spikes, flowers, or buds will arrive in perfect condition.

An orchid will arrive while it is not currently spiking or blooming due to being either before or after its bloom season. Check the "Bloom Season" information on the product page to see when the plant is expected to spike and flower. Many orchid lovers and hobbyists prefer plants that are not in-spike in order to watch the first stages of the spike emerging all the way through to the reward of the bloom! If you are sending a plant as a gift, you generally want to send the plant in-spike unless the gift receiver would prefer otherwise.