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hibernate as a tuber or give as a gift?

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: hibernate as a tuber or give as a gift?
  • From: Lester Kallus <lkallus@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 18:25:32 -0600 (CST)

OK, every bit of indoor space is now claimed.  Several plants will soon be
dug up and cleaned up for storage for next year.  C. esculenta, Alocasia
macrorrhiza, Canna, etc -- all those have survived well here.

There are still some other plants outside which will either roll over dead
in the frost, find a way to hibernate over the winter or will find an
alternate home when friends come to visit in the next couple days.

I have:
Colocasia - black
Colocasia antiquorum illustris 2 foot leaves
Colocasia fontanesii  2 foot leaves
Colocasia burgandy stem 3 foot leaves
Xanthosoma brasiliensis (5 feet across)
Alocasia sinuata (5 feet across)

I believe, based on previous discussions, that all the Colocasias are
doomed given that I'm suspecting no one will take them.

Do the Xanthosoma brasiliensis or the Alocasia sinuata form tubers once
they're this size?  Is there a chance their basal areas could survive the
winter in a paper bag in a heated area and if so, would they be better off
at 70 degrees like Caladium tubers or 50 degrees like Canna tubers (or
rhizomes if you'd rather call them that)?

I saw some snow flakes in the air today so the pressure is on!  There are
still a couple weeks to go before a hard frost but that's soon enough.


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