June, 2016 - Metis still Dormant
METIS is now planted back in the Tropical Room. It has developed new roots but has not put up a leaf yet. We have two young Titan arums coming along - Metis x Wee Stinky (Cornell University).
Amorphophallus titanum - Metis
Overview of Metis
THE TITAN Opened for the THIRD time in 2015
Our Titan Arum, named Metis, was donated in 2007 by John Kawamoto at the request of Binghamton University alumnus Werner Stiegler. John won three seeds in 2005 from an auction held in Bali, Indonesia. He grew the young plants for two years prior to donating one plant to BU in 2007. When we received the corm it weighed just over 4 lbs, but after one year of growth it weighed an incredible 40 lbs as it entered dormancy! In the three years Metis was in the Tropical Room prior to 2010 it put up two leaves, the last was 10 foot high and 10 foot wide. Metis put up an inflorescence in September of 2010, opening after four weeks of growth to a crowd of over 2,000 visitors. We collected pollen and sent one vial to Hawaii to another grower in the spring of 2011; the other vial went to Cornell University in the spring of 2012. Currently, the EW Heier Teaching Greenhouse has offspring of both those crosses.
Metis produced a leaf following the first inflorescence and that leaf died down in May 2012. The corm weighed 51.4 lbs in August 2012 while the plant was dormant. Dormancy lasted all the way to May 2013! On May 14, 2013 the tip of growth was seen coming up from the corm and all indications was it was another leaf. No - it was another inflorescence!
Metis went into dormancy after the 2013 inflorescence and then had one leaf that died down in April, 2014. At that time, the corm weighed 95lbs! In May it showed signs of development and we rapidly planted it into its large tree box in the Tropical Room. Growth showed signs of another bloom and by August 17th this was confirmed with the first sign of the spadix developing.
Metis was pollinated with pollen from Ohio State's Scarlet. Some development was seen but Metis aborted the stalk. The sequence of events of the 2015 opening are below:
AUGUST 31, 2015 - METIS was full open Sun night/ early Mon morning. We pollinated at 1:00am, 1:30am and 2:00am. What a night! It was raining out, so some of the odor may not have traveled as it normally would have, but it was still mighty stinky in the house with Metis. Monday night we will collect the pollen and will be open until 10:00pm.
August 30, 2015 - 4:30pm OPENING!!!
August 29, 2015
The front bract is drying out and looks nearly ready to drop. The outdoor temperatures start to climb today; maybe that will push Metis along. It now stands 7 foot tall from the soil line.
August 28, 2015
Not much change overnight. It gained a couple more inches is now at 83 inches in height. We will measure the heat a bit later today. Still waiting on the front bract to collapse.
August 27, 2015
WOW!!! Today's morning measurement is 81 inches. Nearly 7 foot tall!!
August 26, 2015
Metis is 79 inches tall! It is already 4:30pm and the bracts have not dropped, and it needs more color in the spathe frill.
August 25, 2015
Metis is now 74 inches tall. In 2013 it reached a maximum of 73 inches at start of opening. Will it go tomorrow this year, or will it get even larger??
Following is a sequence of the bloom in 2013: