Corpse Flower Watch: Day 13

7.13.10 Amorphophallus titanum [10 am]
See a full set of photos of the
Corpse Flower’s growth here.

Lois has totally stopped growing – a very good sign that is another indication that she will bloom very soon. In addition, her circumference increased 2 inches from yesterday, to 37 inches around.

Dont’ forget! The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be open around the clock for the Corpse Flower Watch until after Lois has bloomed – come by any time to see her! You can get tickets 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″
July 10 62″
July 11 63.5″
July 12 64.25″
July 13 64.25″

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13 thoughts on “Corpse Flower Watch: Day 13

  1. Are there normally less visitors in the evening? What is the current prediction? It is likely tomorrow would be a good day to see it in full bloom, right?

  2. Hi Brian,

    Yes, there are normally less visitors late at night and early in the morning. She’s making progress – but it’s really hard to say when the bloom will occur. We’re crossing our fingers for this afternoon.

  3. If I’m wanting to see a full bloom, should I plan for this evening or tomorrow?

  4. I’m so sorry – I just can’t say! I would say, to be safe – come tomorrow. That way, if she blooms today, she’ll still be open.

  5. So c’mon already! Give it up Lois! Don’t be shy. Maybe all the CO2 from the non-stop visitors has you upset?

  6. With it being 4-5 inches from fully separating, what is the current prediction?

  7. How did you choose the name? And why couldn’t it just be called “Corpie” if it has to have a name?

  8. Hi Lois,

    We named the corpse flower Lois in honor of an employee’s mother. –Erin

  9. With it unexpectedly growing a bit taller and a bit wider, is a blooming today very possible? I remember reading that it first stops growing then starts to bloom. or will we most likely need to wait another day?

  10. Despite not being a horticulturist myself, it occurs to me that being a plant found in the jungles of Sumatra, it might benefit from a slightly more humid environment than a climate controlled room. Of course you cannot run the same amount of visitors through the small and convoluted rain forest environment housed at HMNS, nor can you easily accommodate the numerous camera crews that have been passing through. This plant was kept in a greenhouse for the last 6 years. Knowing the plant’s activity level could slow in a tepid non-humid environment (and warm is not the same as humid), begs the question of whether it was simply done to allow advertising and marketing to draw larger crowds. News crews have visited daily, theres a bank of webcams, and crowds come back day after day to watch the plant’s slow blooming process. Yet other corpse flowers kept in greenhouse environments (such as the one at Stephen F Austin) bloomed and wilted quickly. Curious to know if anyone else here has considered this idea?

  11. Hi Julian,

    I asked Zac about this – he’s misting the plant and surrounding area regularly to keep the humidity at appropriate levels. Thanks for your concern! We’re crossing our fingers that today will be there day.

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