Re: Alocasia Black Velvet blooms

Lester:  Everything being equal the inflorescence will set back leaf
production as it is essentially achlorophyllous.
> I'm not sure what the species is for the Alocasia Black Velvet (it's listed
> in the Glasshouse Works web page as Black Velevt and not by its
> horticultural name).
> Anyway, the plant has been doing quite well this past winter and is now
> putting out a bloom.  I'm curious if it's better for the plant to remove
> the bloom or whether I can allow it to proceed.  If removing a bloom would
> add significant strength to further leaf production, I'd rather have the
> greater number of leaves.
>      Les

Thomas B. Croat, Ph.D.
P.A. Schulz Curator of Botany
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299
phone: 314-577-5163; fax 314-577-9596; email

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