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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 11, 2011 3:10 PM CST
This is my pride & joy. I started the bulb on 4-6-11.. Last years bulb didnt make it over the winter so I will try my hardest to save this one and all her babe's Smiling Thumb of 2011-07-11/Christine/c9588d
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jul 11, 2011 4:44 PM CST
That is nice looking.
I have 4 Portadora Alocasia. I got 2 of them two years ago and overwintered them. Then last summer I got 2 more. I was very please to see all 4 of them come thru the winter and put up new growth this year.
This pic is from last year.
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Now they are still pretty small and I wonder how big they will get before I must dig them up this fall.
The top of the biggest one is about 30 inches.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 11, 2011 4:53 PM CST
They are really nice Holly. One of these years I will buy a Portadora. I love the shape of the leaves.
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jul 11, 2011 5:00 PM CST
Why is it Christine that us northern gardeners just love the tropical plants. Guess because everyone else doesn't have them in their gardens. Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 12, 2011 6:04 AM CST
HollyAnnS said:Why is it Christine that us northern gardeners just love the tropical plants. Guess because everyone else doesn't have them in their gardens. Hilarious! Hilarious!


Hilarious!

Name: Susan B
East Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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lakesidecallas
Jul 12, 2011 6:32 AM CST
I have the Portadora too and love it, but don't have any photos of it.
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
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LariAnn
Jul 12, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Hi all,

It's very nice to see people growing and enjoying my Alocasia x portora. It's like seeing your children grow up and go out into the world to make something of themselves, even if they left without letting me know!!

Below are links to pictures of some that didn't leave home!
[url]http://aroidiaresearch.org/portora.htm[/url]
[url]http://aroidiaresearch.org/portora2.htm[/url]

LariAnn
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jul 12, 2011 1:33 PM CST
They are wonderful. LariAnn you produce the most wonderful children. So nice seeing what these plants can become growing in their proper zone.
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 12, 2011 1:54 PM CST
How about these guys? I put a chair there to give the picture some size relevance.

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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jul 12, 2011 3:52 PM CST
Whoa, Those are huge. And very beautiful. I always think I will make leaf castings but never seem to have the time to get them done. You could make a pond out of the leaf casting of one of those.
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Hillbilly Heaven
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taynors
Jul 12, 2011 3:59 PM CST
hello
i have jacks giant , illustris and Diomand head.
my fav is Diamond Head. very shiny dark dark leaves.
i was wondering what fertilizer you all use ?
and do you spray with any bug repellants ?
i tried diatamacous earth but it just blows off . if i do a liquid form then it just slides off the leaves LOL
those are all wonderful pics you all have.
i got this illustris last summer
still dividing it like crazy. got over 20 pups from it ! wow.
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Life without garlic , just plain stinks !
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Jul 12, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Oh that is gorgeous, I had some different variates of Alocasia.last summer but I just couldn't keep them going over the winter and ended up loosing them. I had an illustris that never did do real well for me and an African Mask that I was able to keep going for the last 3 years but lost both last winter. I did replace the African Mask this summer so we will see how that does this year.
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Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Jul 12, 2011 4:31 PM CST
The only EE's I have in the ground, someone gave me Mommoth this year and they are first popping up. Kinda nice being the recipient of a friend who collects elephant ears and likes to share☺
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Jul 12, 2011 4:47 PM CST
gardenersdetective said:Kinda nice being the recipient of a friend who collects elephant ears and likes to share☺
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Yes, I would think so. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
What a beautiful back drop they make.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 13, 2011 7:05 AM CST
Sue & Fred your make mine look like a Mini EE Hilarious! They are gorgeous and I'm green with envy. Next year I will definitely put mine in the ground and try other varieties. Thanks for sharing your awesome pictures Smiling
Hillbilly Heaven
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taynors
Jul 13, 2011 7:34 AM CST
this is my first year doing the Illustris . i got it last summer.
friend told me to divide it , dry it
and i put it in my basement ,
took it out early spring in my GH and welp ... it worked ! LOL hope i can do the same this year with same results LOL
my camera broke so i can't do any other pics Thumbs down hopefully i can get it fixed soon
Life without garlic , just plain stinks !
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Jul 13, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Thank you Taynors,
With the caladium bulbs and the Portadora I dried those and stored them dry inside. I put the caladium bulbs in brown paper bags. I always have way too many tropicals to try and overwinter. They get crowded and watering gets spotty and develop problems. Usually after Christmas when I need to move them into a smaller room to make space for Holiday entertaining. We are putting up a GH right now but I am not entirely sure how I will use it this winter. If I will heat it all winter and store my Tropicals in there or just use it in the early spring to get a head start on plants and seeds.
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Name: Jan
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Budgielover
Jul 13, 2011 4:17 PM CST
This is my favorite Alocasia

Jan...


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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Jul 13, 2011 4:26 PM CST
So Pretty what is it?
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Jul 13, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Christine, what is the variety name in the first pic? Looks like one of mine..........without going out and looking at the tag, I think it is Thailand Giant. Mine, I mean.

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