Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Watch the Titan Arum flower grow - and die!

8 September 2004
8 September 2004

10 September 2004
10 September 2004

14 September 2004
14 September 2004

15 September 2004
15 September 2004

16 September 2004
16 September 2004

17 September 2004
17 September 2004

18 September 2004
18 September 2004

19 September 2004
19 September 2004

20 September 2004
20 September 2004

21 September 2004
21 September 2004

22 September 2004
22 September 2004

23 September 2004
23 September 2004

25 September 2004
25 September 2004

26 September 2004
26 September 2004

27 September 2004
27 September 2004

28 September 2004
28 September 2004: 1.09 m tall

29 September 2004: 1.14 m tall
29 September 2004: 1.14 m tall

30 September 2004: 1.18 m tall
30 September 2004: 1.18 m tall

01 October 2004: 1.22 m tall
01 October 2004: 1.22 m tall

02 October 2004
02 October 2004: 1.24 m tall

03 October 2004: 1.28 m tall
03 October 2004: 1.28 m tall

04 October 2004: 1.31 m tall
04 October 2004: 1.31 m tall

05 October 2004: 1.32 m tall
05 October 2004: 1.32 m tall

06 October 2004: 1.33 m tall
06 October 2004: 1.33 m tall

06 October 2004: 4.30 pm
06 October 2004: 4.30 pm

06 October 2004: 9 pm
06 October 2004: 9 pm

07 October 2004: 7 am
07 October 2004: 7 am

08 October 2004: 7 am
08 October 2004: 7 am

08 October 2004: 4.30pm
08 October 2004: 4.30pm

09 October 2004: 7 am
09 October 2004: 7 am

10 October 2004
10 October 2004

11 October 2004
11 October 2004

 

An update by our Nursery Horticulturist Stephen Bartlett

On 10 November the Nursery staff anxiously harvested the tuber from our very famous flower 'Big Al' (Amorphophallus titanum). Experience from other institutions showed that tubers under 14-15kg usually die after flowering ('Big Al' was 9.4kg). Predicted flower size from a 9.4 kg tuber was initially around 90-100 cm high, so our expectations were well exceded when it finally reached 134cm!!

We thought our flower, investing so much energy to put on a show for 16,000 visitors, would surely die, but the tuber weighed in at a healthy 7.8kg. Maybe it might flower again in another 2-3 years!