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Re: Best way to root Alocasia odora?

  • Subject: Re: Best way to root Alocasia odora?
  • From: "Christopher Rogers" <crogers@ecoanalysts.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:25:48 -0700

Howdy, Ken!


I have done this with Alocasia gageana and macrorrhiza.  Pot in a smallish pot with sphagnum/ peat/ perlite and put the pot in water up to just above the side drain holes. Keep the plant above the water line. When roots start coming out of the bottom of the pot you are set. At this point I usually pot in peat/ sand/ pumice in a pot twice as large (at least) as the first pot and again put the pot in a basin of water to the drain holes for at least a month before removing the water all together. These species often grow close to water, sometimes right in shallow areas, but like Zantedeschia, they need less water the older and more established they become.


Good luck,



D. Christopher Rogers

Senior Invertebrate Ecologist/ Taxonomist



EcoAnalysts, Inc.


P.O. Box 4098

Davis, CA 95616



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Subject: [Aroid-l] Best way to root Alocasia odora?


I ordered some Alocasia odora recently and they didn't arrive as tubers (I think they're tuberous?) but as cuttings of some kind. What is the best way to root them?


For now I've wrapped the bottom 3" or so in damp sphagnum moss and enclosed that in a plastic bag.  Is there a better way? Would a certain temp speed up the process?


Please see the attached photo, which I've shrunk in deference to those who protest large attachments.



Ken Mosher



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