Can you help readers with these two gardening questions?
Gardening question #1: What’s the name of this stinky plant?
I saw your post about the stinky plant. I think I have one, but it does not look like a lily.
I was told mine is a voodoo plant. Last year, it gave me a beautiful umbrella effect. This year, it is odd and has a red flower in the middle. Today I found a ton of flies on it, and boy does it stink!
Here are some pictures. Do you know what this is?
Thanks in advance.
Pam also sent along a photo of an Amorphophallus konjac that wasn’t in bloom, and she said that’s what her plant looked like last year. The voodoo lily that I wrote about is an Amorphophallus konjac, but its flower looks very different from this flower.
She followed up with a little more information:
My friend gave me a bulb and told me the name is a voodoo plant. She also told me it is called a corpse plant, probably because of the horrible smell. If I can get the smell to go away AND the flies, I will keep it, but it may have to go!
Can you help Pam identify her plant? If so, please leave a comment below.
Question #2: Is this lettuce done?
This question is from Carol LaRue:
I was given a salad bowl container with all kinds of lettuce for Mother’s Day. It was looking terribly puny Saturday so I cut it back and lightly watered it. It still feels damp but it is just sitting there looking miserable. Do I have to start over?
Will Carol’s lettuce come back? Should she start over? Please leave a comment with any suggestions you have.
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