Aroids forum: Is this normal?

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BudsNBlooms
Aug 13, 2013 6:02 AM CST
This Col. Thailand Giant has 6 blooms in a row
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Swayback
Aug 13, 2013 10:09 AM CST

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They are some bloomin fools once they get goin!
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BudsNBlooms
Aug 13, 2013 1:14 PM CST
yay! thanks...all my EEs are doing great...thanks again so much!
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eclayne
Aug 13, 2013 1:29 PM CST

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Hi BNB, looks like your TG is happy. Good going. Whereabouts are you growing?
Evan

BudsNBlooms
Aug 14, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Blackshear, very bottom of Georgia....they are in pots
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eclayne
Aug 14, 2013 2:25 PM CST

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Nice, I bet your EEars are happy campers.
Evan
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TennesseeDave
Aug 14, 2013 6:57 PM CST
They look Happy, Happy, Happy! *Blush* Sorry couldn't resist.

BudsNBlooms
Aug 17, 2013 4:29 AM CST
Lol!!
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eclayne
Aug 17, 2013 5:19 AM CST

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One of the things we've discussed is the tendency of Super Size Elephant Ear (Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant Strain') to produce leaves at a slower pace after flowering. I'm curious to know if this happens with them growing in Southern Georgia. Mine are pretty much frozen in time with the cool nighttime temps. in the 50's. How are yours doing Buds?
Evan
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Swayback
Aug 17, 2013 10:34 PM CST
Temps dictate grow rate for mine to a large extent, it's been well below normal here too and on cool days growth is negligible, on days that are hot there's growth, if we get a 2 day stretch of warm weather that includes a night above 65 and highs around 80+ it moves alot faster!

I've never experienced weather quite like we have had this summer before, atleast not until much later in the season!

Those blooms really seem to drain a Thai big time, more than other colocasia, but most colos don't ready throw 6 blooms at once, most of mine throw 1-3 blooms per site, increasing to 1-6 blooms per site with age, and daylength decreasing, Thais start out with a flurry, I liken it to a week of marathon love making, which can take a toll...and drain even the most vigorous...
Mine seems to be setting seed, that can't help with leaf growth rate...

I've spotted a few Thais planted out near me, I doubt the owners know what they even have, one of there's is tremendous and has yet to bloom, it makes me wonder why it hasn't, it's massive, certainly not a 1st year plant, and growing in FULL southern sun.
I feed mine very high P and VERY low K in hopes it wouldn't induce blooms, fail... Next year ill try one with high N and P with low K and another in very rich compost and little fert, to see what happens...
And of course ill have to knock on these people's door and chat em up to see what they do, and if they have any idea why some of their EE are monsters and the rest( plain C. Esculenta) are just big... I bet they have no clue!
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eclayne
Aug 18, 2013 5:09 PM CST

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Good luck with the fert. project Sway. Mine are wayyy behind here. Here's to hoping August returns for those missing it, glug, glug. So far one TG is sending up the huge cataphyl (or whatever it's called) so blooms will be soon to follow.
Evan
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Swayback
Aug 19, 2013 12:49 PM CST
From what I'm seeing in my own plants, a hot August isn't going to help unless it heats up quick and stay that way for a while!
It seems alot of my stuff is preparing for dormancy already, the new leaves emerge no larger than the previous, and old leaves yellow extremely rapidly.
Affecting colocasia more than alocasia at this point...

It's a problem because if they revert to heavy veg growth again, it's very likely to produce soft tubers that don't harden off by winter, it greatly reduces shelf life and great increases the chances of devastating rot, and/or desiccation...
Of course semi dormant tubers this time of year would have a higher likelihood of infection and they won't be storing as much sugars for winter...

Neither is good!

The weather started out great, but took a sharp downturn...
My plants followed suit, move for move...
Rather disappointing...
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eclayne
Aug 19, 2013 1:10 PM CST

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Good information Sway. So this means more regular inspection of tubers over winter?
Evan
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Swayback
Aug 19, 2013 4:31 PM CST
Well, yea, that, and being prepared to watch my babies die in much greater numbers, it's inevitable...
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BudsNBlooms
Aug 24, 2013 8:11 AM CST
Hi everyone,
sorry I haven't responded, I've been in New England for the past 2 weeks. I got back late yesterday..so I haven't checked on any of my babies yet. I do know that while we were gone, we got 6-10 in of rain. Pretty much rained every day according to my kids...a couple of days 3in. + We are soggy here!!

My thai ws neglected for awhile, but I finally repotted it and that's when it sent out all the clooms, but so far the leaves are very short and small.

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