Dieffenbachia pod???

CJ-Speciosa(7a)August 16, 2013

I noticed that there is a strange growth coming out of my diff. where another leaf would usually come from. Actually there are two of them. Is this a flower?

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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Another angle

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:15PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

again.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:16PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

You bet your sweet petunias!

OMG please take more pics over time and document this!

No idea if there's a possibility of seed but wow good growing! :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:19PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Cool. She is one of my favorites and I do shower her with attention. I guess she is loving me back.

I'll add to the thread as time goes on. Does anyone know if they have fragrance or not?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:22PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

From your reaction I'm guessing this doesn't happen alot?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:24PM
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jansy1985(5a)

wow - You've done a great job taking care of it! I just got a little one and looking forward to make it big and strong :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:30PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

That one is small compared to the one in my bedroom......

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:36PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Not really sure.. Haven't done the research yet but surely there are images of them all over google(I'll have to check).

I'm terrible with these things lately. A chunk of it has disintegrated on me over time but that batch may just be bad or something,right?

meanwhile I'm working on this cutting

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:51PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Closer look...

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:52PM
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tropicbreezent

It's an inflorescence, typical of aroids. There's a leaf-like sheath (spathe) surrounding a central column (spadix) which has tiny male and female flowers along it. If there is successful fertilisation then you'll end up with reddish/orange berries along the spadix.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:22AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Ahhhh but how to insure fertilization?

I've read a little about hand fertilizing aroids and it seemed a little complicated which doesn't help me in being less nervous about the task.

Any idea the likelihood of success without human interference?

I'm becoming more and more fascinated with growing aroids from seed now that I've pulled it off with aglaonemas...Diefs would be fun(once I get out of this rut with them).

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 12:36AM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Forgive my ignorance.....is an aroid the same type of plant as a peace lilly?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 6:59AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Great flower! Yes PL is an Aroid.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 7:39AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Too soon for an update? =)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 7:36PM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

Do you provide your plant with humidity?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 8:45PM
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tropicbreezent

Aroids can be very slow to mature seeds. I had one (not a Dieff.) that took 2 years after the flower finished, but it did produce viable seed. So I wouldn't expect a rapid move by the Dieff.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 8:58PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Nothing new yet. Pretty much looks the same from a couple days ago. There is a rough bumpyness coming on in the white/yellow stripe down the pod, but nothing you can see in a pic yet.

Right now the house is at 60-70 humidity because of the season. During the winter I mist every other day, but thats about it.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:15PM
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CactusBoss(Zone 5a)

CJ-Speciosa, what does the humidity drop to in your home during the winter?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 10:46PM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

Goes down to about 40.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 7:04AM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

So far....

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:39AM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

more..

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:41AM
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CJ-Speciosa(7a)

So the pod opened up and stayed like that for only a day or so, then it closed back up? It seemed to be open for not that long at all? Any ideas?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Sounds like a typical Aroid bloom to me. Caladium and Aglaonema flowers do about the same thing.

Great pics!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 9:47AM
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