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  Colocasia "Black Magic" - reverting?
From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1999.05.10 at 09:09:03(3342)
Last summer I had a Colocasia "Black Magic" - the dark purple one that goes
by about a hundred other names. Fortunately, it was one of the Colocasias
that did form a tuber and I was delighted there was a chance I'd be able to
grow it this season without purchasing a new one.

I've now planted it and what I see coming up looks very much like a generic
green Colocasia esculenta. Do they commonly (or occasionally)
revert? Might it get darker in brighter light? (Currently it's in my
greenhouse but now that the trees have leafed out, it's partially shaded
and is growing in dappled sunlight.)

Les

From: ManFont at aol.com on 1999.05.11 at 20:03:30(3346)
In a message dated 5/10/99 12:08:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
lkallus@earthlink.net writes:

<< Last summer I had a Colocasia "Black Magic" - the dark purple one that

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.05.17 at 11:06:46(3363)
Les,
Put your Colocasia in bright light... They will take full sun... Then it
should get dark again....
Dewey

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From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1999.05.18 at 08:04:42(3369)
In fact I have and it did. Thanks all for the advice. At least there's
one plant I won't have to replace this year. Furthermore, I'm glad to see
it can be stored safely over the winter.

Now one more question: The tuber didn't sprout from the center. Instead
there are smaller Colocasias growing fromt he sides of the tuber. Can the
be safely separated now that they each have about 2 or 3 leaves or is it
too late and should I wait until the end of the season when the tuber is
dug up?

I do plan to grow it in direct sunlight. It appears that's the way to get
the largest tubers possible. That was the advice last year and it worked.

Les

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.05.18 at 12:01:12(3371)
Whack it, Lester.... You might dust the cuts with a fungicide but it will
grow....
Dewey

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