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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 11, 2019 5:31 AM CST
How about a thread not just to show photos of our different species and hybrids of alocasias, but to share cultivation tips and methods, propagation, alocasias in ground, overwintering methods, hybridizing, alocasias in pots, alocasias in the house.....just everything Alocasia!

Have you grown your own plants from seed? Tell us how you did it! DO you have an 'Alocasia alert'...a plant available somewhere widely that you could alert other people to if they wanted to buy it? Post it here!

This is one of my current favorites....Alocasia triangularis. Its wild and crazy for sure!
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Or how about ALocasia longiloba 'Purple Prince'? This used to be common, now almost impossible to find unless you know someone who collected it 10-15 years ago. Why is it so rare? Its no longer in Tissue Culture production. Fell 'out of favor'. What plants do YOU have that are in the same boat??

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This is a thread for everyone of every level of growing expertise. Don't be shy! Jump in!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 14, 2019 1:12 PM CST
Separated out some tuff to send to South Florida on a trade next week. ALocasia longiloba 'Purple Prince', Alocasia loweii 'Grandis' and a pup of my Anthurium besseae x magnificum.

We always pay up our trades in small pots of soil, never send bare rooted, or in moss. Just makes the transition more seamless for the plants to come out of the box and go straight into the person's collection.

How do you manage YOUR trades?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 17, 2019 2:44 PM CST
Alocasia infernalis in bloom growing under high light in an aquarium


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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 18, 2019 1:18 PM CST
So I found a new 'mystery alocasia' in my greenhouse. Mystery alocasias (and mystery philodendrons and anthuriums) are plants that I used to grow that went dormant or disappeared, some 10 years ago, which are beginning to show up again since I have been actively taking care of my greenhouse for a little over a year now.

I found this one growing under some palms. Doesn't look too impressive now. But will have to wait and see what it grows into.
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The last one I found growing in this same area turned out to be ALocasia 'Sarian' which is now going great guns
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So I do what I always do with these mystery plants....extract them and containerize them untilI can ID them

Our city was all set to pass a ban on plastic bags and styrofoam containers last August until a lawsuit by the restaurant folks made them cave and change their minds. So disappointing. So now I collect and use my styrofoam cups and things to use as temporary recyclable pots for plants.

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I use my handy dandy nifty serrated steak knife (every growing area needs one) to make holes in the bottom


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Extract the plant from the ground


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And pot it up.


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Now I can wait and see what it develops into.

My last mystery ALocasia turned out to be ALocasia loweii 'Grandis'




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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 20, 2019 12:57 PM CST
Alocasia reproduction is so easy! Everyone should propagate their plants to trade and increase their collection. Unless you are hybridizing, seeds probably won;t be an option. And I personally would never but seeds from online sources, they won;t be fresh and will probably have a very low germination rate.

ALocasia spread by means of tubers. Some people say bulbs, but tuber is the correct term. These vary in size and appearance according to the species (or hybrid parents). But many look like this
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These are the tubers of one of my ALocasia micholitziana 'Frydek' plants. This one happens to be variegated, and I have propagated it a lot to try and preserve one very variegated offset to concentrate on propagation with.
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But I am not going to pull these off just yet, mainly because of the time of the year. Its fall, and while it will be really warm here for a couple more months, day length is shortening, and this particular plant, which i have grown for over 10 years, has a propensity to go dormant when the days of fall shorten into winter. So I decide to just repot for now. I pull the plant out of its 5" pot and do not remove ANY soil. See all the tubers that are under the soil?? a BONANZA!


I put some soil in the bottom of a 1 gallon container, set the plant it, infill with the same light loose airy mix, water, and set in a bright place.

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 20, 2019 3:08 PM CST
Good morning, sunshine! Alocasia macrorhizza 'New Guinea Gold' says hello!
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Hamwild
Sep 20, 2019 5:02 PM CST
Are elephant ears considered tubers too or bulbs? I'm all ears!
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 20, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Tubers. You know that the tubers of many elephant ears (the Frydek is an elephant ear!) are eaten as a food source in many places. Especially colocasia and xanthosoma
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Sep 20, 2019 7:38 PM CST
Interesting! I've always heard bulb, but I thought that sounded odd given ZZ plants have tubers and they are related.
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 20, 2019 8:04 PM CST
I think it is because they look like bulbs more than tubers. The ones grown for food crops are often grown in bogs or as semi-aquatic crops because the tubers get larger when water is readily available
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Sep 24, 2019 10:07 AM CST
when i was in So Calif this was sold to me as New-Guinea-Gold
it did not survive the trip north long enuff for me to build my greenhouse
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 24, 2019 2:16 PM CST
Looks like NGG to me! Beautiful I am sorry you lost it.
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CrazedHoosier
Sep 24, 2019 8:14 PM CST
Now this is a thread I'd like to hangout in! I just got into alocasias a few weeks ago (Gina, you helped me figure out what mine was Hilarious! ), but I'm obsessed. Sadly, I can only get my hands on alocasia Polly in my city. I have a tiny one and a larger one.
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This is my larger Polly. I can't stop staring at it when I see it outside! It totally draws my eye first out of all the plants I have on the porch. We have orange, white, and pink impatiens, black coleus, blue hydrangeas, and all those houseplants you see, on the porch, too. The alocasia still catches my eye over all those.

I'm stuck between alocasia frydek, monstera deliciosa, monstera adansonii, and philodendron bipennifolium, as my next houseplant. Any suggestions as to what I should pick? Big Grin
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Sep 25, 2019 5:45 AM CST
Alocasia gageana aurea-variegata. One of my favorites. I have propagated this a lot in the past and have it in several places in the greenhouse. It just puts a pop of color in between green foliage. I have a friend 6 miles away trialing it out this winter. I had it planted out years ago but it was very slow to come back in spring when it got knocked by cold. But that was before climate change elevated us from a zone 8B to a 9A, and may be about to make us a 9B. Things may have changed just enough
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Sep 25, 2019 1:42 PM CST
Gena is this where you were talking about? well I got my plant here's some pics looks like a silver dragon not a scale to me you be the judge? Thanks Jeff
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 25, 2019 2:32 PM CST
Yes it does look like a Silver Dragon. But let it grow some and see what happens when it gets older. It is pretty juvenile right now. Congrats!
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Sep 25, 2019 3:03 PM CST
Worble7 said:Gena is this where you were talking about? well I got my plant here's some pics looks like a silver dragon not a scale to me you be the judge? Thanks Jeff
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I've had my eye on some silver dragons on Etsy, but the price is really high.

I'll have to stick to my polly for now, but yours is gorgeous! Lovey dubby
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Oct 1, 2019 10:29 AM CST
ALocasia 'Ivory Coast' and Alocasia 'Ebony' side by side. I like the pink stems on Ivory. It has a very longiloba leaf form as well. Ebony reminds me of a Purple Prince without the green stem and purplish veining.
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 1, 2019 3:31 PM CST
Gina1960 said:ALocasia 'Ivory Coast' and Alocasia 'Ebony' side by side. I like the pink stems on Ivory. It has a very longiloba leaf form as well. Ebony reminds me of a Purple Prince without the green stem and purplish veining.
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I just saw 'Ebony' on Etsy! I'm still unfamiliar with alocasias, so I honestly thought it was just a made up name for poly. Hilarious! The 'Ebony' on Etsy looked so similar to poly, but now looking at yours I can see it is much more "classy" looking.

'Ivory Coast' is an alocasia I'd go after. Is it common or rare?
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Oct 1, 2019 5:15 PM CST
I actually found this one at the grocery store 3 miles from my house. I used to have the crosses for these let me see if I still do
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