Tropicals forum: Alocasia, macrorhiza or portora, question

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 1, 2020 12:55 PM CST
I got this in swap years ago and was told it was Port odora, or portora.. anyhoo, here we are with two big stems. It goes inside for winter, mostly dry, loses most or all leaves, and outside for summer, puts on huge leaves. Do I continue to let the trunk form and stay exposed when repotting for summer?
Any other input will be appreciated as well. Like what kind is it really..
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 1, 2020 5:52 PM CST
Photo?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 1, 2020 7:34 PM CST
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Sticking tongue out *Blush* sorry
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Gina1960
May 1, 2020 7:57 PM CST
LOL I have to think on this

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 2, 2020 9:36 AM CST
Previous summer
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 2, 2020 11:48 AM CST
WOW thats a really good looking little garden space there.
I would actually bury a little more of the trunk...not all of it...because it can form new roots out of there.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 2, 2020 11:52 AM CST
Oh and it is a Portora. Porter is the proper name, which has been adulterated by many misspellings and misSPEAKINGS over the years. Portadora,Portidora,ALocasia x porter and Portodorga are all synonyms. This plant was hybridized by the old moderator of the aroid forum here...LariAnn Garner
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 2, 2020 1:16 PM CST
Thanks. Yes I remember Lari Ann Thumbs up

Yes we got the deck redone about 3 years ago and it left a perfect corner for some tropicals. I love it.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 4, 2020 8:10 AM CST
I am thinking that the bulbs may be pretty large by now, perhaps a larger pot? What do you think Gina?

Sally, that really is a nice collection and I love the variegated Brug in the middle. We need a photo when everything is blooming.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 4, 2020 10:44 AM CST
There is not that much bulb actually. These two section were inside over winter, together in a nursery pot . I pulled on them and they separated easily, didn't even seem to crack apart- maybe I cracked one off last spring and then planted them back. Just some base of the stem and then roots. They grew together in this big pot last year, pretty much like this, partially filled with dirt and then some pots loose on top of the soil. Purple wandering stripe plant becomes massive!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 4, 2020 11:56 AM CST
Your purple wandering stripe plant is one of the Tradescantias and it appears to be a really nice variety.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 4, 2020 5:11 PM CST
I have that tradescantia and it DOES wander! Mine has even climbed up on other things
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 14, 2020 5:25 PM CST
I got my tropical corner planted again, it takes some imagination to see the beauty at this stage. Lol. Smaller stem of Alocasia is putting a leaf out. Birdbath is new to the arrangement. Will be Tuberose but they are not showing yet.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 14, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Very soon it will be just fab!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
May 14, 2020 8:16 PM CST
thanks, Gina!
By the by, that Mandevilla was inside all winter. It has several long skinny wandering stems. Should I prune it back at all, or just let'er rip?
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
May 15, 2020 5:58 AM CST
You know I have never grown a Mandevilla! I always want to but they are unreliably hardy here and I want it in the ground to cover a fence
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 24, 2020 6:18 AM CST
Things are happy here. I left several inches open and set pots inside to fill out the bare stems

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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jun 24, 2020 6:19 AM CST
Those are looking good!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jul 24, 2020 5:23 AM CST

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.the Leaves are so upright and tight this year, is that normal? It's possible I was not getting the pot fully watered earlier. But we had 6 plus inches rain in June and I did water some on top of that..
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Jul 24, 2020 5:44 AM CST
I don;t know what might cause that. BUT it looks fantastic!!!!!!!
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