Corpse Flower Watch: Day 10

July 10, 2010

As of 10 a.m. this morning Lois is 62 inches tall – just two inches taller than yesterday. (As you can see in the chart below she’s been growing 3 – 4 inches per day for more than a week so far). Her outer bracts continue to droop and fall off,  indicating that she should open very soon. Our predictions remain the same, we believe she will open either this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon,  Sunday, July 11. It’s beginning to look likely that the opening will be tomorrow – but this plant is very unpredictable.

6.10.10 Amorphophallus titanum
See a full set of photos of the Corpse Flower’s growth here.
Date Height
July 1 31″
July 2 34″
July 3 37″
July 4 41″
July 5 45″
July 6 49″
July 7 53″
July 8 57″
July 9 60″
July10 62″
Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

25 responses to “Corpse Flower Watch: Day 10”

  1. Steve S says:

    Thanks for the updated pictures. Just to let you know, all the pictures in Flickr for today are labeled as June and not July.

  2. Erin F says:

    Whoops! For some reason, I can’t get it into my head that July = 7. Thanks for the heads up – we’ve made the update.

  3. Karma says:

    I have a Mac using Snow Leopard and haven’t added any “special” video programs. I had no trouble viewing the videos.

  4. ShannAn Lawson says:

    This is totally exciting! I keep checking every few hours… LOL

  5. Erin F says:

    I am so glad to hear it! Thanks for letting us know how it is working for you!

  6. Emily says:

    This is really pretty thrilling, considering we are all watching a plant! 🙂 Is the museum considering extending hours if Lois blooms later tomorrow?

  7. Erin F says:

    Yes! If she starts blooming tomorrow, we are prepared to stay open late. Call 713-639-4629 before you come to make sure we’re open.

  8. Brian says:

    Where is the corpse flower displayed? in the grand hall or in the butterfly center?

  9. Brian says:

    I saw pictures in the chronicle with lois in the grand hall, and then now pictures recently with her in the butterfly center. The live webcam looks like the butterfly center

  10. Emily says:

    Will do, Erin. Thanks!

  11. I’ll be watching! Thanks for the updates. It will be very interesting to see what happens when public visitation starts. We’re gearing up for our upcoming flowering!

  12. Jill R. Moffitt says:

    The Mac Plug in works! Yes!

  13. Erin F says:

    Hi Brian – Lois is in the Butterfly Center, in the second floor lobby between the rainforest area and the insect exhibits. As far as I know, she’s been in there since we first moved her out of the greenhouses last weekend. But, if you’ve got a link showing her in the Grand Hall, I’d love to see it! Hope to see you here – we’re thinking Lois will flower tonight!

  14. Michelle says:

    Apologies in advance if this has been asked a million times already, but I just found out about this last night. Once Lois blooms, how long do we have to see it? A day? An hour? Two days?

  15. Jill R. Moffitt says:

    for @etee, try rebooting. I get a reasonable video stream on my mac that updates about every 10-20 seconds. Very pixelated but I just saw David and Nicole there.

  16. Erin F says:

    Hi Michelle – no worries! Once Lois blooms, she’ll likely be open for 1 – 2 days. But, she will only smell for 8 – 12 hours. Hope to see you here!

  17. scottF says:

    Erin, will we be able to get my Mom in there in her wheelchair to see this? Today is her birthday and we are planning on coming down later today or tomorrow. We can’t wait to see Lois!

  18. Erin F says:

    Hi Scott – yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator in the butterfly center that lets out right into the lobby where Lois is being displayed. However, it is quite crowded and it can get hot with lots of people in there, just thought you might want to know that, too.

  19. Brian says:

    Sorry, I thought one of the pictures was from the grand hall, never mind. If she does start to bloom this afternoon, when on Monday should she be fully bloomed? Also, when on Tuesday should she still look the best?

  20. Erin F says:

    Hi Brian, No worries! If she starts to bloom this afternoon, she’ll be fully open by tomorrow morning. On Tuesday, you would want to come as early as possible – she won’t last too much longer than that! (We can’t say how long she’ll be open for sure, so it’s best to come by as soon as you can after she blooms.)

    We will be open until midnight tonight and again at 6 am tomorrow – hope to see you!

  21. Brian says:

    Thank you. What is the current prediction on when she should bloom?

  22. Erin F says:

    It’s still possible Lois will bloom today, but it may still be tomorrow. We will have extended hours (check here for updates on exactly what they are) until she blooms.

  23. Brian says:

    When you mean extended hours until she blooms, you mean if she blooms today, there will be extended hours tomorrow?

  24. Erin F says:

    We are definitely having extended hours today, whether or not she blooms. If she doesn’t, we will also have extended hours tomorrow. And we’ll repeat that until she blooms.

  25. S. says:

    so everyone just gave up?

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