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Re: [Aroid-l] Colocasia gigantea hardiness?

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Colocasia gigantea hardiness?
  • From: Tony Avent <tony@plantdelights.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 07:01:46 -0500

David:

	Very interesting about your form of C. gigantea.  It could be that this is
a clone that is eaten throughout several parts of Asia.  I also wondered
why it was named "gigantea" until I saw this new ecotype.

At 09:36 PM 11/27/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Tony Avent" <tony@plantdelights.com>
>To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
>Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 12:40 PM
>Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Colocasia gigantea hardiness?
>
>
>> Aroiders:
>>
>> The Colocasia gigantea that we sell came from Hayes Jackson of Alabama,
>> who got it from a next door neighbor, who moved to the US from Thailand.
>I
>> suspect that most of this in the US originated from this clone.  It has
>> survived 5 degrees F here, with no mulch, but it never reaches much more
>> than 4' in height.  This form is stoloniferous, but the stolons don't run
>> far from the parent as in C. esculenta var. aquatalis.
>>
>> For spring, we will have a new form, collected in 2003 by Petra Schmidt in
>> Thailand.  These plants are much larger...make that massively larger than
>> the form we grew before.  Seedlings planted in the ground in May reached
>> 6-7' tall x 10+' wide in 5 months.  In the wild, the clump was around 9'
>> tall with leaves much larger than a normal person.  This will be our first
>> winter with this new form in the ground, but we've got our fingers
>crossed.
>>  I'm curious if there are more forms of Colocasia gigantea being grown out
>> there in aroid land.
>>
>> Tony Avent
>> Plant Delights Nursery @
>> Juniper Level Botanic Garden
>> 9241 Sauls Road
>> Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
>> Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
>> Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
>> USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
>> email tony@plantdelights.com
>> website  http://www.plantdel.com
>> phone 919 772-4794
>> fax  919 772-4752
>> "I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least
>> three times" - Avent
>
>=================================
>Tony, do you know when Hayes Jackson got his clone?  Mine came from a lady
>that moved here from Vietnam in the late 70's.   Her family ate the leaves
>and petioles of this plant after cooking it like spinach.  Your description
>of a height of 4 ft. sounds about right for mine.   Your description of it's
>stolon activity also is similar to mine.  They didn't run very far, but
>there sure was a bunch of them.  I remember selling a bunch of it a few
>years ago in a yard sale.  That new form you have sure sounds interesting.
>I've always wondered how it got the name "gigantea" when it's leaves weren't
>any larger than the common C. esculenta.  I guess your new form settles that
>question!
>
>David Sizemore
>Kingsport, TN (Zone 6a)
>
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Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
website  http://www.plantdel.com
phone 919 772-4794
fax  919 772-4752
"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself...at least
three times" - Avent
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