Thank you so much for your very good information!
I never have read that but as I did, I must say I am absolutely
sure that is so.
I have one Alocasia sedenii that I have allowed to stay long in
its' pot; the soil became low from neglect of repotting and it
filled with the leaves that fell into it from my yard. Maybe
at least a couple of years.
The largest leaves leaned, the rhizomes seemed to lean with
the weight of the leaning leaves. Behind them all are many,
I will try and translate this to the owner of the A. chantrieri.
(I hope it is accurate, it could be some of the only ones left
in the States.)
In a message dated 12/30/2008 10:25:49 P.M. Central Standard Time,
I have read all the replies, but wonder if Agristarts will be
willing to tissue culture this plant. My guess is that they will only do so if
it is financially a good move by them.
If you fail with Agristarts,
it just MIGHT be a more viable solution to try to replicate it by
division. You say that the owner ''can not divide it'', but maybe if you
suggest different (better?) cultural practices, the plant just might be
''encouraged'' to develop divisions. A while ago Pete Boyce described
how certain Alocasias grow in the wild (under natural conditions).
That most in cultivation seem to develop too-long/tall rhizomes and then fall
over was explained by the fact that in nature, the leaf fall in the jungle is
SO heavy that new litter/compost is constantly being developed around an
Alocasia`s elongating/taller rhizome into which supporting roots are
produced. Pete suggested planting these type of Alocasias deeper within
a deep pot, leaving space above the original ''soil'' surface within the pot
to which leaf compost could be added as the rhizome increased in
length. Some Alocasias also grow seemingly too-tall, then
lean/fall over and grow along the ground. At this stage off-shoots may
be produced back along the recumbently growing rhizome, this may be what you
guys want to replicate in this one plant, and the off-shoots can be
removed. You could also cut the now way-too-long horizontal rhizome back
near its base once there are roots nearer to the growing ''head'', off-shoots
will then be produced from joints along the basal section. Regular
fertilization with a WEAK liquid fertilizer will hasten growth.
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 19:04:19 -0500
Subject: [Aroid-l] Tissue culture
Would anyone here have a recommendation for a tissue
culture lab experienced in aroids? Specifically Alocasia.
I have found one Alocasia x chantrieri and the owner
cannot divide it. It may be the only one - it seems I have
searched the world.
Any help will be much appreciated!