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Dripit good
01-21-2009, 12:44 PM
What plant grows (up to) six feet tall, with a truly spectacular and amazing bloom without using any soil, water or sunlight? :confused:

The rapid growth is almost unbelievable, as this occurs within a matter of weeks.

Pic's to document will follow.

Any takers? :drinkup:

Mike Leary
01-21-2009, 12:50 PM
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Dripit good
01-21-2009, 12:51 PM
You misspelled "bad".

Mike Leary
01-21-2009, 12:54 PM
You misspelled "bad".

Must be the whiskey talkin'

DanaMac
01-21-2009, 12:54 PM
You misspelled "bad".

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: as I spit out lunch :laugh::laugh::laugh:

Wet_Boots
01-21-2009, 01:09 PM
Maybe there's a sushi bar in Cactus Hug....

Mike Leary
01-21-2009, 02:26 PM
Maybe there's a sushi bar in Cactus Hug....

We have red-eye on our cornflakes down here.

EagleLandscape
01-21-2009, 02:35 PM
the bills on my desk?

ARGOS
01-21-2009, 03:13 PM
Our diaper pail? Pics to follow.

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 07:58 AM
Ta da.....!

The "nub" is now growing. Was non-existent before.

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EagleLandscape
01-22-2009, 08:03 AM
Looks like someones finger

DanaMac
01-22-2009, 08:25 AM
Doesn't look like something I want on my table. What is it?

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 08:36 AM
Just put it there this morning for the pic, it belongs in the basement.

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 09:05 AM
What is it?


Voodoo lily

Mad Estonian
01-22-2009, 09:18 AM
Knew it was some kind of lily. Anyone ever seen a cardiocrinum giganteum (http://www.perennials.com/seeplant.html?item=1.115.300) (Giant Himalayan Lily)? Have some at one place I work, but only bloom once in a blue moon. Incredible when they do.

Wet_Boots
01-22-2009, 09:21 AM
Don't let the plant taste blood......

http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/9286/judgedreed4va3.jpg

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 09:35 AM
Knew it was some kind of lily. Anyone ever seen a cardiocrinum giganteum (http://www.perennials.com/seeplant.html?item=1.115.300) (Giant Himalayan Lily)? Have some at one place I work, but only bloom once in a blue moon. Incredible when they do.

This particular one is an Amorphophallus, and the flower is quite different than the white ones in the pic. The largest flower in the world comes from this unique type of aroid, called Amorphophallus titanium. The Botany Greenhouse at the University of Washington has a large specimen from Africa and when it blooms it makes the papers and news because it is so rare.

Mike Leary
01-22-2009, 10:04 AM
when it blooms it makes the papers and news because it is so rare.

I wonder if that's the one that smells like rotten meat when it blooms.

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 10:11 AM
You are correct sir.

Much like the aroma of the bilious swill you would spew after drinking a Budweiser. :drinkup:

Mike Leary
01-22-2009, 10:18 AM
Much like the aroma of the bilious swill you would spew after drinking a Budweiser. :drinkup:

I've seen pics of it; what a monster!

Dripit good
01-22-2009, 10:36 AM
I'm not much of a thread starter, so unless I am boring you to death I will continue to document the growth of mine.

Obviously the snow has slowed down for me, hence my attendance in the pit of despair. :laugh:

hoskm01
01-22-2009, 10:41 AM
Obviously the snow has slowed down for me, hence my attendance in the pit of despair. :laugh:



Aint that the truth. It was 70 here yesterday. Almost went tubing down the river except there's still ice at the sides. Thatll slice your tube.

ARGOS
01-22-2009, 10:43 AM
Taking a rain day here. Supposed to rain for five days straight. Finally got the office moved and ready to go back to work and here comes the weather.

I will look forward to regular photo updates.

hoskm01
01-22-2009, 10:45 AM
Taking a rain day here. Supposed to rain for five days straight. Finally got the office moved and ready to go back to work and here comes the weather.

I will look forward to regular photo updates.
Warm storm? BS. Would you rather the snow?

ARGOS
01-22-2009, 10:51 AM
Raining at 6000' right now. The local resorts finally got up and running with rock garden skiing and now they are getting rain. Bad news for our water situation, the valley depends on that high country snow pack.

Mike Leary
01-22-2009, 10:53 AM
Even down here, we're getting cloudy and expecting rain. We need a lot in order to have any kind of wildflower bloom this year.

bicmudpuppy
01-22-2009, 11:10 AM
Part of me hopes I get rain. It would melt the snow off so they will quit hounding me about wanting to play golf. You can't drive a cart round all the paths (maybe today after the 55 yesterday), but we want the greens clear so that IF the fairways become playable we can open up. Cleared my greens so they could experience single digit mornings when the rest of the place is still so snow packed we could never play. Do I sound irritated? I'm sorry. You know its going to be my fault in April when things don't green up and start growing. I feel winter kill coming and I feel the blame coming and I am having ZERO luck doing anything about it. Not to mention the mechanical damage the pro shop crew did with the snow shovels.

irrig8r
01-22-2009, 11:43 AM
Amorphophallus?

Very appropriate name.


Reminds me of a song....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byDiILrNbM4

DanaMac
01-22-2009, 11:48 AM
Aint that the truth. It was 70 here yesterday.

Supposed to get a little snow tomorrow or into Friday, and maybe Sunday. Be good to get back to winter weather. my dad keeps threatening to move here since we have good weather quite often in the winter. I can only handle one parent in this state. :)

I haven't taken advantage of the weather though. I like to hole up in my house in the winter. I still have quite a bit of snow at my house, as I live in the trees and a valley.

Kiril
01-22-2009, 11:50 AM
the valley depends on that high country snow pack.

And SoCal as well. Looks like we are headed for another drought year.

ARGOS
01-22-2009, 12:13 PM
And SoCal as well. Looks like we are headed for another drought year.

Thieves.



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Kiril
01-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Thieves.

Exactly :laugh:

Dripit good
02-06-2009, 07:17 AM
Voodoo update: It's starting to kick into gear. It's now the size of the Aerosmith song as of this morning.

Yo, Happy Birthday ARGOS!!! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :drinkup:

May your day be.............IRIE.........



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TRILAWNCARE
02-06-2009, 09:34 AM
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ARGOS
02-06-2009, 09:39 AM
Voodoo update: It's starting to kick into gear. It's now the size of the Aerosmith song as of this morning.

Yo, Happy Birthday ARGOS!!! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :drinkup:



Thanks! Happy Birthday to you too. Congrats on making it one more year. Family is coming over tonight with all the guitars, drums, and banjos and making some noise.

I am sick as a dog and probably will stay in bed. Fortunately its a rain day and I don't have to manage the crew either.

ARGOS
02-06-2009, 09:40 AM
Voodoo update: It's starting to kick into gear. It's now the size of the Aerosmith song as of this morning.


BTW Dripit...are you sure you want that in your house?

Dripit good
02-06-2009, 09:51 AM
Once the stink kicks in I'll cut it down, that wont be until the lilly is fully formed. Should be 4-5' tall by then. Then I'll plant it to let the tree part grow. The prehistoric foliage is cool looking. Observant walkers in the hood actually come up to the door to ask what the hell it is.

I am able to minimize the stink by spraying hair spray on it. It actually works pretty good.

Mike Leary
02-06-2009, 09:56 AM
It only blooms every seven or so years, correct?

Dripit good
02-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Some of these bloom only once every 50 years or so.

After researching I think the one I have is an Amorphophallus "Bulbifer", as opposed the "Titanium" on display at the University of Washington. They are all from the Araceae family. Mine's from New Guinea.

Mine blooms this time every year.

Kiril
02-06-2009, 11:47 AM
BTW Dripit...are you sure you want that in your house?

Send it to Fimco ... given his new baking fetish. :laugh: ;)

Dripit good
02-13-2009, 07:29 AM
It's growing taller than his bread will......4.75" in 7 days. A little more than the ever popular throw or fountain head.

It will be hitting the 1" a day mark soon.


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mitchgo
02-13-2009, 08:44 PM
That's freaking wild.

So what energy does it consume if it doesn't need light, water or dirt?

Mike Leary
02-13-2009, 09:39 PM
That's freaking wild.

So what energy does it consume if it doesn't need light, water or dirt?

Ours...........

Waterit
02-13-2009, 10:39 PM
I have an Enormophallus.

I didn't want to go there, but that's exactly what that looks like. At what age does it get circumcised?

mitchgo
02-14-2009, 01:44 AM
Ours...........

Well I guess so!
I'm confused :confused:

it's like saying fire can burn with out air.
every living thing needs water.

Kiril
02-14-2009, 08:12 AM
every living thing needs water.

Perhaps on this planet. ;)

DanaMac
02-14-2009, 08:20 AM
Perhaps on this planet. ;)

Go back to your own :)

Kiril
02-14-2009, 08:21 AM
Go back to your own :)

Not until I rid this planet of all water wasters.

http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/spacecraft.gif

DanaMac
02-14-2009, 08:24 AM
Not until I rid this planet of all water wasters.

http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/spacecraft.gif

You're harvesting our water to take to your planet, aren't you? Damn non-Earthlings. Taking all our jobs.

AI Inc
02-14-2009, 08:27 AM
Well I suppose if I was to name that plant , I would call him "woody"

FIMCO-MEISTER
02-14-2009, 08:37 AM
That is wild drip it.

mitchgo
02-14-2009, 04:02 PM
So I just read the OP to my girlfriend and she didn't call the name out but before even seeing the picture she called it out from that flower being that in Dennis The Menace. Except they had the Titan arum.

Dripit good
02-15-2009, 04:58 AM
Not until I rid this planet of all water wasters.

http://www.websmileys.com/sm/aliens/spacecraft.gif

Martian plant is the other nickname for the voodoo lily. :clapping:

Dripit good
02-20-2009, 07:23 AM
Crazy :dizzy: ~ 15.25" of growth in one week. 3.25" in the last 24 hours!


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FIMCO-MEISTER
02-20-2009, 08:06 AM
Yo! No blank shooting here.

bicmudpuppy
02-20-2009, 08:21 AM
I just realized the yard stick says FARMINGTON, MI. I get links to there all the time when I'm searching vaguely for things in FARMINGTON, NM. ROFL

Dripit good
02-20-2009, 08:33 AM
I just realized the yard stick says FARMINGTON, MI. I get links to there all the time when I'm searching vaguely for things in FARMINGTON, NM. ROFL

Got a cool Chevy yard stick from 1966 in my pole barn up north. Bunch of other Corvette stuff too that matches my old ride.

Mike Leary
02-20-2009, 09:35 AM
Crazy :dizzy: ~ 15.25" of growth in one week. 3.25" in the last 24 hours!]

Run for it!

Waterit
02-20-2009, 10:06 AM
Feed me, Seymour

Dripit good
02-27-2009, 07:10 AM
Hope I'm not boring you all, but I should follow through since I started it.

18" in the last 7 days, over 2.5" average growth per day. 48" now and the lilly is forming. The stink will soon come so I will do my best to tolerate it in order to get pics of the bloom once it occurs.

Need to prepair for an eight hour meeting today....ohh joy. :cry:

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CAPT Stream Rotar
02-27-2009, 09:12 AM
this is so friggin coool

mitchgo
02-27-2009, 11:38 AM
hah!

where do I buy one!

Mike Leary
02-27-2009, 11:49 AM
hah!

where do I buy one!

Go see the big cousin at the University of Washington arboretum.

Dripit good
03-06-2009, 07:35 AM
Voodoo update: It is now 54" tall with moderate stinkage.

32" from bulb to top of "stem", 22" from top of stem/bottom of the "flower" to it's tip. I've learned from the past it becomes top heavy and fabricated a wire rig preventing it from tipping over, which it did 2 nights ago from it's own growth and curvature.

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FIMCO-MEISTER
03-06-2009, 07:44 AM
Bloom Baby Bloom!

Dripit good
03-06-2009, 07:44 AM
Can't get the whole flower in one frame while getting close enough to see the color it presents. Because we get so much of our medicines and disease cures from the plant kingdom, I wonder if any research has been done with this thing.

Think Obama might earmark a few hundred grand for voodoo research?

Maybe I'll grind up the bud and smoke it. Could be what Huey Lewis has been looking for!:dancing:

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FIMCO-MEISTER
03-06-2009, 07:52 AM
That plant represents a lost America. Freedom and individual liberty. In the future it will be forced to grow less and share with weedy plants. Protect it with a shotgun Dripit!

Wet_Boots
03-06-2009, 07:56 AM
That plant represents a lost America. Freedom and individual liberty. In the future it will be forced to grow less and share with weedy plants. Protect it with a shotgun Dripit!* snicker *

Dripit good
03-06-2009, 08:00 AM
* snicker *

I'll mail it to ya boots once I castrate it if you'll post your address w/pic. :clapping:

Wet_Boots
03-06-2009, 08:05 AM
No thanks. If I need to smell rot, I can always clean out the fridge.

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-06-2009, 08:06 AM
I'll mail it to ya boots once I castrate it if you'll post your address w/pic. :clapping:

Now you will get stimulus money for castration I'm sure.

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-06-2009, 08:07 AM
No thanks. If I need to smell rot, I can always clean out the fridge.

NO NO NO: Stimulus money for fridge cleaning. Get the rich to pay for that.

Wet_Boots
03-06-2009, 08:12 AM
Fridge can rot for a while longer - U2 is playing live on the morning news. :headphones:

Dripit good
03-10-2009, 07:14 AM
Bloom Baby Bloom!

It's opening up now.

The flower now measures 8"x9"x24". Weird that this thing has never tasted water, felt dirt or been in sunlight.

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AI Inc
03-10-2009, 07:17 AM
Did ya cut the whole thru the garage roof yet?

Dripit good
03-10-2009, 07:23 AM
No mans land.

The purple bud part transforms piece by piece into white tiny balls, that then transform into these little antenna probe things.


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FIMCO-MEISTER
03-10-2009, 08:04 AM
I was showing your plant to my sister and we did a google search. Some people had theirs in soil. Also were shorted than yours. Yours was the MOST impressive by far.

Dripit good
03-10-2009, 08:20 AM
Thank you sir ~ but I can't take much credit.......I'm just the caretaker. :dancing:

mitchgo
03-18-2009, 03:58 AM
Thank you sir ~ but I can't take much credit.......I'm just the caretaker. :dancing:

Well you sure don't do much for it!
lol

Cept take pictures.

So It's been 8 days.. hows about an update?

Dripit good
03-18-2009, 07:19 AM
So It's been 8 days.. hows about an update?

Thanks for the interest mitchgo!

We eventually must all go the way of the flesh ~ even the voodoo. It is on the down slide, so now the cycle ends...........

You can see it "bleeds". The stalk is filled with a milky liquid, similar but a little thinner than aloe.

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Comparing this last pic from the first one I posted it is obvious the bulb has suffered (the dreaded) shrinkage. Quite a bit of energy it stores, then expels during the winter. I'll wait until the soil temps reach 50 degrees and plant it again so the summer foliage can grow.

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Thank you to those who expressed interest in this oddity. :drinkup:

DanaMac
03-18-2009, 08:11 AM
Interesting cycle of life. No water and thrives like crazy. But for a short period.

mitchgo
03-18-2009, 10:19 AM
You can see it "bleeds".

If it had a voice you would here it scream "ahhhhhhhH"

ARGOS
03-18-2009, 10:16 PM
Wow. That was cool. Seriously where did it? I want one.:cry: