As of 10 a.m. this morning Lois is 60 inches tall. Since yesterday she has grown three inches, and her spathe has turned from a pale to a deep purple. Her outer bracts have begun to fall off, indicating that she should open very soon. Our predictions remain the same, we believe she will open either Saturday, July 10 or Sunday, July 11.
Lois has grown another 4 inches since yesterday, putting her at an astounding 57 inches. Her outer spathe continues to turn purple at the tips, a sign that blooming will occur in the next few days. We are staying with our current prediction that she will be in full bloom sometime this weekend.
Horticulturalist Zac Stayton documents the corpse flower’s growth.
He measures it every day at 10 a.m. to see how fast the plant is
developing. When the growth slows – to 2 inches or less per day –
we will know that the flower is getting ready to bloom.