Here are a few images from the blessed event, starting when Peter began to open around 2pm Friday
4pm Friday – Do you think this view from below makes his hips look big?
Below…a view from above @ 4pm Friday as the spathe unfurls, creating a bicolor effect
Fully open around 7pm Friday evening having a Georgia O’Keeffe moment
By 5pm, it the female parts were receptive, so it was time for the artificial insemination to begin.To reach the female parts, we cut three window in the base of the spathe.
Inside are hundreds of female ovaries/stigmas, covered in a sticky syrup to hold the pollen. Next, we made a withdrawal from our sperm bank and recovered the pollen from our own Amorphophallus albus that flowered a few weeks earlier. Our goal is to create a winter hardy, offsetting version of Amorphophallus titanum that we could grow in the ground here. Small paintbrushes are used to apply the pollen to all of the stigmas.
The final step is for our surgical team, led by Amorphophallus guru, Alan Galloway, is to stitch up the incision to prevent infection and excessive drying. For this, we used a highly specialized product known as packing tape. Re-attaching the cut pieces also helps to maintain the stability of the entire inflorescence. We should know in a month if we were successful.
Saturday morning @ 7am – the spathe continues to reflex downward…and the fragrance continues to waft upward
Saturday morning from the top, looking down the spadix
Saturday morning peeking underneath his kilt.
Here’s a cool photo of the worlds tallest Amorphophallus alongside the world’s smallest amorphophallus, A. ongsakulii…cool to have them both flowering together.
It’s great to see people getting so excited about plants, and it’s especially wonderful to see so many young kids visiting Peter Grande.
I’ll never forget as a child, the first time I saw the old grainy black and white image of Amorphophallus titanum in A.B. Graff’s Exotica…I was hooked. Hopefully seeing Amorphophallus titanum in person will influence these young people to enter the field of botany and horticulture, which is desperately in need of an infusion of youthful exuberance. We hope can drop by to see Peter in person.
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