Aroids forum: Wintering Colocasia

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Cinta
Sep 22, 2014 11:28 AM CST
Last Winter I did manage to keep Mojito and Black Coral alive but they did not do very well all summer.

I grow all my tropicals in pots. I brought the pots in and watered maybe once a month.

Anyone grow these with over the winter by keeping them just barely alive or do you put them totally to sleep?
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eclayne
Sep 23, 2014 12:28 PM CST

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I've both grown on (artificial light in basement) and stored dormant with each of these. Larger tubers I'll let go dormant.

Just my opinion but I think the limbo of "barely alive" is too stressful. Mojito can form sizable tubers. Can you give them good light levels?
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Xeramtheum
Sep 23, 2014 12:58 PM CST
I let all my colocasia (they are in pots) go dormant. I quit watering them when the nights get consistently in the mid to low 60's. Once they die back I tuck them away on the floor of the tropicals greenhouse which is kept at "don't freeze" temps at night and put plants on top of them. The plants on top are on a solid flat surface so when I water them the run off doesn't filter into the plants on the bottom. About once a month I'll stick my finger in a few and if they are totally bone dry I'll give them a little water. They do quite well with this treatment.

You can see in the picture how I've turned milk crates sideways - the colocasia and also some of my gingers are on the bottom.

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Cinta
Sep 23, 2014 10:49 PM CST
Thank you. I was trying to keep them alive because every time I tried to let Black Magic go dormant it never comes back. I thought Colocasia just did not like the dormant storage.

Where I live good light is few and far between days. Most days in the winter is cloudy or partly cloudy. I have the windows but no natural sun light because there is no sun. Last year I put them in the window and kept them alive just barely. They at least survived the winter but I would like to have them sleep.
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Xeramtheum
Sep 24, 2014 5:48 AM CST
I'll bring in my Alocasia Polly and Frydek but they always end up going dormant by mid January no matter what I do.
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Cinta
Sep 25, 2014 6:54 PM CST
I usually keep mine in the laundry room which is 60-70 degrees only light is from a Fluorescent light fixture in the ceiling. I water them once a month. They will grow a leaf or two and a leaf or two get brown and die. But when I put them outside they grow new leaves faster and I have a bigger plant sooner than

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