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Re: [aroid-l] Overwintering alocasia and colocasia

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Overwintering alocasia and colocasia
  • From: ken@spatulacity.com
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 20:29:01 -0400

Thanks, Julius. I dug some of the new colocasias and they were not tuberous at all - no corm to overwinter like an Amorph.

I'll try to overwinter one of each in pots in my big sunny living room. Some others I've already dug chopped and boxed for the flight to FL on Friday.

You're right about the greenhouse - except I *do* have one, a big one (23x52 feet, teak and glass)! Unfortunately it needs quite a bit of restoration. I hope to replace all the glass with polycarbonate this fall, but it still isn't heated. Last year I had extensive concrete repair, this year I had to have a new roof on the headhouse and a proper seal between it and the greenhouse - very expensive! Heat maybe next year... It seems there's always something to spend money on!

-Ken Mosher

Julius Boos wrote:

 >From: ken@spatulacity.com
 >Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
 >To: Aroid list <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
 >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.

Good Luck,

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,
 >Ken Mosher

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