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A Tree Grows in Tama

October 15, 2016
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Toledo Farmers Market Master and Chronicle columnist Dawn Troutner actually has a plant she doesn't like.

Earlier this year, Dawn reported her mother, Evelyn Carlson, grew the plant the family calls "The Voodoo." It's real name is Amorphophallus according to Dawn.

And it stinks.

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Dawn Troutner photo

It's a tuberous bulb that is planted outside in the garden when the weather is warm and was in Evelyn's garden located near the Tama Public Library.

It looks like a umbrella tree growing.

The interesting thing is the tuberous bulb. You dig the bulb up in the fall store in the basement, like gladiolus or canna bulbs.

It takes 3 to 5 years before the bulb matures enough to bloom.

Dawn also reported:

In February I brought the quite large bulb up and sat it in front of the window.

On February 7, it measured 4 1/2 inches. Once it starts to grow, it grows fast. It shoots up a stalk and then blooms.

By March 29, it measured 75 inches and was blooming. It's really unique. But it smells like rotting mice.

I guess for being so beautiful and unique comes a price.

It has been back in Evelyn's garden this summer.



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