Re: Alocasia Black Velvet blooms


Assuming that the flower is as boring as I think it's going to be, I'll
take that as advice that I should remove it.  I've always removed caladium
inflorescences for that reason and guess I should do the same with this.

Thanks,
      Les

At 05:40 PM 4/29/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Lester:  Everything being equal the inflorescence will set back leaf
>production as it is essentially achlorophyllous.
>	Tom 
>> 
>> 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
>> 
>> 
>> 
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