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  Colocasia care
From: Iain Fyfe IainF at counterpoint.co.uk> on 1999.08.15 at 18:53:25(3581)
In the spring I bought a colocasia esculenta "Fontanesii", my first ever
aroid. The plant seems rather uncommon in the UK, but with the hot summer
up till August, it's grown very well in a pot outside and has put out many
'runners'. These are shoots coming from the base, and radiating out just
above surface level. What should I do with these runners? They don't seem
particularly keen to bury themselves - should I cover them up? I'm assuming
that they're linked to vegetative reproduction, and I'd certainly like to
have a few more plants.

Any advice gratefully received, thankyou.

Iain Fyfe

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From: "Mr R.a McClure" Rob.McClure at sci.monash.edu.au> on 1999.08.22 at 18:49:07(3594)
> In the spring I bought a colocasia esculenta "Fontanesii", my first ever
> aroid. The plant seems rather uncommon in the UK, but with the hot summer
> up till August, it's grown very well in a pot outside and has put out many
> 'runners'. These are shoots coming from the base, and radiating out just
> above surface level. What should I do with these runners? They don't seem
> particularly keen to bury themselves - should I cover them up? I'm assuming
> that they're linked to vegetative reproduction, and I'd certainly like to
> have a few more plants.
>
> Any advice gratefully received, thankyou.

Iain,

The long runners will soon swell at the ends into new 'bulbs'.
Cover or bury these a little and they will form their own roots and
shoot. You can then cut them from the parent plant to repot or move
or just let them form a very handsome large clump as they do here in
zone 9 Melbourne.
Keep them moist and fertilized when in active growth, they love it .

cheers,
Rob.

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