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>Subject: [aroid-l] Overwintering alocasia and colocasia
>Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 13:29:30 -0400
Just a quick note--I`d get the Colocasia w/ stolons to Florida, from what I`ve read they do NOT winter well as they don`t go dormant, even the C. e. esculenta (taro/dasheen vars.) that do form a tuber, they might be difficult as their dormancy may be longer than your winter. I don`t know about the Alocasias, maybe someone w/ actual experience can gige you some better advice. Without a heated g/house you really are at a terrible disadvantage trying to grow tropical plants year round.
Julius>For those of us in northern US states, the Amorphophallus are
>attractive for two reasons - their flower and form, and the fact
>that most of them are dormant in the winter so they're easy to
>store. Like many of us, I grow many more plants in the summer than
>I could ever house over winter.
>Now that I have a number of Colocasias and 5 Alocasia macrorrhizos I
>want to make sure I can overwinter them. I believe I read that the
>A. macrorrhizos can be dug, cut back, cleaned of dirt and stored
>dormant. Is that true?
>I know that I can do that to Colocasia escualenta. What is the
>likelihood that I can treat the other Colocasias the same way? I
>know I'm asking a lot since I don't have ID's on them, but they're
>"escualenta-like" hybrids with dark petioles and/or dark
>metallic-sheen looking leaves. One of them is a prodigious producer
>of runners (even here in New England).
>One reason I ask is because I have the chance to give some of them a
>permanent home at Mom's house in FL and I'd rather have them there
>than dead! Another reason is that I want to get more but I don't
>want to treat them as annuals.
>I appreciate the advice,