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Swayback
Sep 29, 2013 11:33 AM CST
...on a colocasia coffee cup?

Mine are bigger than ever, and no sign of a bloom!

The tallest leaf is easily 7', maybe 7'6"!
It's kind of buried in the jungle, it's hard to get a good pic that really does it justice...

I've not even seen pictures of bigger ones than I have!
I have no illusion that they are the biggest ever, I'm sure in the tropics they could get bigger...but I can't seem to find any proof that they can bloom...

You guys are often better detectives than I am, and seem to find links to stuff I've never seen!
If anyone can find a pic of a bloom, or has first hand seen one, I would love to know about it!

I'm also deeply embroiled in a debate with a friend, he thinks that coffee cups and tea cups are the same plant!
I think he's full it!
He says tea cups are dwarfs and won't get over 3' and that I clearly have coffee cups...
I'm fairly certain they are the same and he's just a victim of misinformation being spread in order to sell more plants!

Neither one of us has been able to satisfy the other and end the argument!

I sure wouldn't mind if someone here helped solve this one for me too...

Thanks folks!

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Xeramtheum
Sep 29, 2013 3:04 PM CST
I agree that they are the same .. I grow mine in containers and they get to 6 feet tall and I've never seen one bloom either.
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 29, 2013 8:38 PM CST
I thought they were the same plant, too. But

I just got mine this spring, and the friend who gave it to me said it was Tea Cups. I have two divisions growing in my pond, and two more in pots out in the back yard. I really expected them to take off and get huge with all the rain we had, but they didn't. I fertilized them and everything! They are less than 3ft. tall and the biggest leaf is maybe 10in. long.

So, maybe there is a dwarf variety going around, or maybe Tea Cups is a smaller version of Coffee Cups? Or maybe it will take off and get huge next year in a bigger pot?

Sorry Sway, this was pretty much no help at all. Rolling my eyes. Shrug!
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Swayback
Sep 30, 2013 7:41 AM CST
No problem!

Thanks for posting it anyway!

I bet they take of next year...they aren't the strongest grower out there...

Mine that excelled are in the front of the house, FULL sun from1- sundown, with white rock mulch reflecting on them too...
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eclayne
Oct 8, 2013 11:23 AM CST

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Sway, I'm sure you, and your bud, have read Plants Delights blurb about these plants, http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocasias-Elephant-Ear-Plants/....
Brian Williams has agreed with what the PDN site states. One interesting tidbit by Alan Galloway is that there may be a separate plant called Tea Cups which is a tetraploid version of 'Coffee Cups'. Alan's original introduction, 'Coffee Cups', is ~6' tall. I've read that Tea Cups is the name most often used in Thailand and Australia.

Interestingly the only web seller I've found offering plants under both names is Florida Hill Nursery.
Coffee Cup, Tea Cup. If this plant(s) had one form stable at 3-4' while another was stable at at 5-6' wouldn't more folks be selling both?

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plantladylin
Oct 8, 2013 12:32 PM CST
I googled to try and find photo's of the bloom of Coffee Cups and this one came up: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/365998/
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