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  Alocasia reversa, villanovii
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 1999.10.28 at 09:08:11(3793)
speaking of that beautiful Colocasia, i have been growing an assortment of
Alocasias since the spring.

i'm having lots of trouble growing reversa. it seems to lose leaves as
quickly as it grows new ones. right now, it's down to one leaf. is this
species particularly hard to grow?

on the other hand, villanovii is quite beautiful... and it doesn't seem so
difficult...

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From: Jonathan Ertelt jonathan.ertelt at vanderbilt.edu> on 1999.10.28 at 11:47:29(3794)
>i'm having lots of trouble growing reversa. it seems to lose leaves as
>quickly as it grows new ones. right now, it's down to one leaf. is this
>species particularly hard to grow?
>on the other hand, villanovii is quite beautiful... and it doesn't seem so
>difficult...

tsuh yang chen,

Very interesting, since my experience is the opposite. I suspect
from your selections that yours were received from Tropiflora. I acquired
my A. reversa from Dewey, and it has done quite well, stretched a bit but
stayed pretty compact, in one of my larger terraria. A. villanovii, on the
other hand, in the same terrarium, never seemed to take hold and slowly
declined -- it is now history. Assuming that yours are not bound by the
ample moisture of a terrarium, this could be the explanation - A. reversa
likes/needs that, while A. vaillanovii definitely does not? Just an
offering from my own experience.

Jonathan

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