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Re: Alocasia dormancy

Thanks for the tip Derek! I wonder how the dry scales inhibit growth. Do you
leave the growht point exposed so that it can receive light or do you bury
the whole thing?


----- Original Message -----
From: <DBurch2345@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Alocasia dormancy

> I used to use tubers of an alocasia (more or less A. amazonica) as a
> demonstration of dormancy in a plant propagation class. Someone had once
> me that the little dry scale leaves at the tip of the tuber were
> to growth, so I would carefully remove those until the little new
> whitish/pinkish/greenish bud was exposed. Planted in my usual "interior
> plant" mix, it usually worked like a charm - close to 100% starting into
> growth in a few weeks versus perhaps 10% in the "control" unpeeled group.
> I do this as a matter of course now, and get good growth on most of the
> common types that I have. All of this is in South Florida, so warm and wet
> a given for us unless we work hard to avoid it.
> Derek

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