The bloom cycle happens very quickly, so get to the Bronx ASAP with the kids.
The plant attracts people because it is so unpredictable. It takes seven to 10 years for a young corpse flower to save up enough energy to begin its bloom cycle, according to NYGB, and all of that growth and effort is used up in one to two days. At first, the bud grows four to six inches per day, and then growth slows significantly. If the kids are interested in seeing something unique and smelly, traveling up to NYBG is a good way to cross “giant rare flower that smells like rotting meat” off their summer bucket list–just get there quickly!