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Dracontium (South American Titan Arum)

Dracontium or South American Titan Arum is a small genus with some 25 species which are native from Central America to South America. They usually develop a single deeply dissected, umbrella-like leaf on a medium sized to very tall stalk and a flattend tuber with several tubercles on top. The spatha is maroon-brown in most species. All are easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in a partially shaded (summer) to sunny (winter) spot. Keep plants always warm at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year, decrease watering to a minimum as soon as plants go dormant.
Plant tubercles horizontally and flat in any humus rich, well drained soil. Keep soil always slightly moist and pots at some 20° to 30°C in a sunny to partially shaded spot. Tubercles will usually need one entire year in most Dracontium species before the first leaf appears. Thus be patient.
Sow seeds flat in any humus rich, well drained soil. Keep soil always slightly moist and pots at some 25°C to 30°C in a sunny spot. Germination is erradic and very slow (!) in all Dracontium species and may need some 6 to 18 months, sometimes it will take even more. Thus do not discart pots with ungerminated seeds too early. As long as the seed is still firm and not mushy, this means that it is still viable and will germinate at a later point. Growing Dracontium from seeds is definitely something for very patient plant people only.
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Dracontium croatii

Dracontium croatii

200cm (300)cm, an exremely rare and much asked for species in cultivation. It makes a very broad leaf umbrella on an impressively tall stalk and a brownish-maroon and pale yellowish-green spatha on a 80cm to 120cm tall stalk. Dracontium croatii is native of open spots in the Western Slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. It is easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny (winter) to partially shaded (summer) spot at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. During dormancy reduce watering to a minimum. A first time world introduction to the general public. IX-XII.
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Dracontium peruvianum (Peruvian Titan Arum)

Dracontium peruvianum (Peruvian Titan Arum)

250cm (400)cm, Peruvian Titan Arum makes a very broad leaf umbrella on an impressively tall stalk and a dark brownish-maroon spatha below the leaf on a some 100cm to 150cm tall stalk. Dracontium peruvianum is native of open spots in the Amazonian forest of Peru and adjecent areas in Brazil. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny (winter) to partially shaded (summer) spot at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. During dormancy reduce watering to a minimum. VII-IX.
1 (one) seed per package.

A foto from this species is available from the International Aroid Society website: Dracontium peruvianum (lower row).

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