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RE: Colocasia & Alocasia winter storage temp

My suggestion would be to just through them in a bucket and keep in a closet
and dry.  No lower than 55 degrees for safety.  Sure the tuber gets smaller
due to desiccation but that doesn't affect next years growth.  I kept a 5
gallon pail full 9 months last year without any problems.  BTW.  the pail
had tubers in it.


Richard L. Mansell

Professor	Emeritus			Home:  13508 Little Lake
Biology Department			             Tampa, FL  33613-4134
University of South Florida 
Tampa, FL 33620		   		  813-974-1588 (W)
			  		                  813-961-7072 (H)

e-mail:  mansell@chuma1.cas.usf.edu

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Lester Kallus [SMTP:lkallus@earthlink.net]
> Sent:	Monday, December 07, 1998 6:15 PM
> To:	mansell@chuma1.cas.usf.edu
> Subject:	Colocasia & Alocasia winter storage temp
> The frost is about to hit us here in Long Island.  We're delighted that
> it's a month late (although I'm upset that it's coming at all).  I've now
> dug up all the Alocasia & Colocasia tubers and have them drying in the
> basement.
> I've learned that the best storage temperature for caladiums is room
> temperature (and so did quite well last year).  What would be the best
> storage temperature for the Alocasia & Colocasia tubers?  If it would be
> better at 50-60 degrees, then I'll have to move them to a friend's home.
> Thanks,
>      Les 

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