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Re: Alocasia dormancy

I most definitely concur with Mr. Kozminski's comments viz a vis light
levels and Alocasia sp. 'Black Velvet'. Grow mine outside here (cool
Guatemalan highlands) and they do fine as long as they are kept in deep
shade. Ditto for A. sp. 'Elaine'. Interestingly, same conditions for A.
guttata 'Imperialis' resulted in die-back/dormancy during the winter - just
now starting to come back to life. Dewey might have a different take on all
this, though. His shadehouse plants looked great late last summer. Cultural
conditions in S. Florida may permit higher light levels to be acceptable for
some forest understory Alocasia spp..

J. Vannini

----- Original Message -----
From: "Krzysztof Kozminski" <kk@netgate.net>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2000 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: Alocasia dormancy

> On Sun, 5 Mar 2000 Piabinha@aol.com wrote:
> > geoffrey, right now i have A. Black Velvet, villanovii, micholitziana,
> > Elaine, Hilo Beauty, all dormant.  interestingly enough, reversa has
> > to be more resilient, and it is still green, although i can't seem to
> > more than 2 leaves going at a time.  i guess my apt. is just not warm
> > humid enough?  in the summer, when the weather warms up, i hope they'll
> > sprout again.
> I can only advise re: A. Black Velvet: keep it humid and in low light.
> Mine was languishing in the greenhouse (under 50 % shade cloth) and only
> after I dumped it into the holding area under the table for
> soon-to-be-junked pots, that it started growing and instead of the usual 2
> leaves, sprouted about 10 of them.  Seeing that it recovered so nicely, I
> put it back on the table, and it promptly went down to 4 leaves.  So now
> it lives back under the table...
> KK
> ====================
> "Microsoft is to software what McDonalds is to gourmet cooking"
> Krzysztof Kozminski
> kk@netgate.net
> http://u1.netgate.net/~kk/

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