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Re: Alocasia reticulata and an introduction

  • Subject: Re: Alocasia reticulata and an introduction
  • From: Helmut Reisenberger <gartenbaureisenberger@web.de>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2008 16:46:34 +0100

Hello Chad, hello Don

As  I have once expierienced serious problems with "new" Alocasias ("the little jewels") I am now underway to a certain success, even with most difficult ones.
It was through the IAS and through this forum, that I got into contact with LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research. Their instituition in Florida is, I think, the only one, having picked up the problem of losses of the most beautiful "decor foliage alocasias " in cultivation. They have not found yet the final solution of the root rotting problem, but they provide some recommandable advice to make them survive for at least a few seasons. In permanent contact with aroids expert Peter Boyce they work hard on answers to the questions of shortlived alocasias - most of them recently found by Peter in Malaysian rainforests.
Since I have taken up contact with LariAnn and Peter, I successfully grow A. bullata, A. clypoleata, A. cuprea, A. frydek, A. longiloba, A. lowii, A. plumbea,  A. rugosum, A. sedenii  and a few others as potted specimen in my greenhouses in Vienna, Austria (!).
So, if you are interested, what can you do? Just gather first information on "LARIANN GARNER <AROIDIAN@worldnet.att.net". Read, what they have to offer and then get into direct contact with LariAnn. She is extremely nice and friendly and I am sure, she would professionally answer your detailled questions.
I hope, I could help you.
Helmut     


> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Gesendet: 02.03.08 04:28:52
> An: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Betreff: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia reticulata and an introduction

Hello Chad,
>    welcome to the aroid list. I rarely post here, but have grown this plant since it was first obtainable, and have bought all sizes and from many sources. I have none now, since for me it rarely comes back after going dormant. Even in south florida it gets too cold to keep it growing year-round, so keep it very warm, above 65-70 degrees. And most alocasias grow much better in the ground than in pots. It keeps the roots warmer, and allows them to spread their corms. I view alocasias as annuals, and don't expect them to live for years. 
>    I am sure you will get better advice than this; we have an incredibly knowledgable group. But I suggest you switch to growing Anthuriums, which are really the kings of the foliage aroids. (Lord P., forgive me.)
>  
> Don Bittel
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> Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:40:08 -0800
> From: chadmayer@yahoo.com
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia reticulata and an introduction
> 
> 
> Hi all.  Ive joined a few new groups over the last few weeks and couldnt remember if I introduced myself yet or not, so.....
> 
> My name is Chad Mayer and I reside in Tempe, AZ.  I come to aroids via amphibians (sounds weird, but actually makes some sense).  I keep several species of tropical dart frogs, and this has led me to investigate tropical plants in general, and Ive been bitten by the aroid bug pretty bad.  I have a temperature controlled greenhouse attached to my house which allows me about 9-10 months a year of solid growth time of many tender tropicals.  Currently, Im cultivating several philodendrons and a few anthurium species, but also have a few alocascia.  I also 'do' bananas, berries, and a few other standard type plants....
> 
> Now to my point.  Ive tried a few times to grow this Alocasia, but have rotted them every time.  It seems that this variety needs a greater airflow around the roots that is normal on Alocasias Ive grown in the past.  But, I usually have some trouble with TC plants, which is how this is produced, so that may in fact be the complicating factor.  Ill probably try again later this year when some larger specimens are available, but Ive killed two in the past year thru a rot of some sort.  Would love to know of any tips or tricks to keeping this cultivar healthy.
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> Chad
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> Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:10:31 -0600
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> This specimen was given to me by collector Teri Baber with the tag "Alocasia reticulata". However, even though I've found this plant on the web with that name, I cannot find a species with the name on any of the botanical sources. Would one of you Alocasia experts out there tell me if this is a species or possibly a hybrid? I'm also curious if the name possibly originated in one of Graf's books. If it is a species, what is the correct name. And if the name Alocasia reticulata is a hybrid name can someone direct me to the source? It appears to resemble Alocasia zebrina but I can't be certain.
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> Thanks!
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> Steve Lucas
> www.ExoticRainforest.com
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