Re: tall Alocasia 'Calidora' with a "pseudotrunk"
- Subject: Re: tall Alocasia 'Calidora' with a "pseudotrunk"
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- Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 22:09:02 +0000
> Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:30:29 -0700
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> Subject: [Aroid-l] tall Alocasia 'Calidora' with a "pseudotrunk"
Yes, some Alocasias do grow tall. I THINK that on this list, and only just recently, Pete Boyce was describing how, in the wild, the falling leaves keep up with the vertical growth of an Alocasia rhizome/''trunk'', and that many Alocasias eventually die when potted because the grow too tall and there is no humus being deposited around the rhizomes for them to send new roots into. I THINK he also said that many species sort of ''fall over'' naturally and grow horizontally along the ground. He said to try growing them in a pot about 1/2 full of medium, and adding old leaves around their rhizomes as they became taller.
We find the same thing/problem with Neotropical Xanthosoma sps., the equiv. to the Asian Alocasias.
> I knew the tubers on some Alocasia would grow above
> ground and form a "pseudotrunk" but didn't know they
> could get this big. This is Alocasia 'Calidora' and it
> is about 7ft tall with about 5ft of "trunk"
> Orlando,FL z9b/10a
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