Re: Colocasia burgandy stem

That sounds like an easier method than the multiple steps I used.  I have
an area on my website where I describe the methodical care I gave to the
Caladiums & Colocasias.  It worked great on the Caladiums but the
Colocasias turned into mush.  

It's funny because last year (summer of 96)  I never got to the Coloasias.
They were treated essentially the same as yours - I threw them into a bag.
I kept planning to "get to them" but just never did.  

Surprisingly, I had great results that spring.  It looks like the more you
do to them, the less you get back.  I guess I'll just relax this fall and
try the paper bag method again.

At 10:52 PM 6/10/98 -0500, you wrote:
>On Wed, 10 Jun 1998, Lester Kallus wrote:
>> I obtained a Colocasia "burgandy stem" from Plant Delights last summer and
>> I thought I'd have plenty to go around this summer, but had miserable luck
>> saving the tubers from last year.  Actually, they weren't even tubers, it
>> was just stems that hadn't formed tubers.
>Don't give up hope on your "not even tubers" from last year. You would not
>believe the resurrections I routinely perform on pieces of various
>Colocasias (and I am no saint).
>I can't winter them over outside, and though I'm careful with the largest
>pieces of each one (and, for a few such as Black Magic/Jet Black
>Wonder/Voodoo, with every piece) I always have pieces I don't find -
>especially with the 'Burgandy Stem' because it sends out those crazy
>runners. Most haven't formed any tuber at all. I treat them with callous
>disrespect - shake most of the dirt off, them toss them in a box in a heap
>where they winter over with no - and I mean literally NO - water at all.
>Any leaves that are up dry up and they look ghastly.
>Whenever I think about it in the spring, I fill a shallow pan with water,
>chunk them all into it, and when I see a new growing point start up, I pot
>them up or give them away or whatever.
>In fact, I found a piece of another Colocasia cultivar a guy in S.
>Arkansas gave me last November in a sack just a few days ago, dry as a
>bone since he dug it up, no real tuber at all. After about 4 days in
>water, it's sprouting nicely.
>I'm not recommending this, you understand, but these plants are really
>tough, so don't count them out too early.
>-- Steve Marak

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