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  Alocasia Black Velvet
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.11.25 at 22:43:31(5698)
i have a question on this plant. i understand this is now A. reginula, is
that correct?

also, my plant has only 4 leaves and has not grown a new one for a while,

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.11.26 at 10:13:07(5699)
Dear Tsuh Yang,

Yup it is Alocasia reginula, named as such by Alistair Hay. The development
of the inflors terminates leaf devel;opment for a short while. After
flowering, there will be new leaves, provided you treat the Little Queenie


From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.11.26 at 15:21:30(5703)
another thing, the inflorescence is scented. anyone else noticed that? and
is it unusual to have 2 at once?

From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.11.27 at 11:59:27(5706)
Dear Aroiders:

This plant is a vexation to me. Just when I get the thing looking good
and ready to sell, It decides to go into flowering mode and stops all
leaf production. I would not be so bad that it went into flower, but the
flowers seem to suck up all the nutrition in the plant and cause the
older leaves to pale out and loose their dark color. This is perhaps one
of those plants which can not be grown as a horticultural item and is
better off left to enthusiasts to enjoy and put up with its untimely
flowering and subsequent decline. I have learned to only grow it in
small numbers and sell it as soon as I get four decent leaves on it
before it can go into its reproductive phase.

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens

From: "Jay Vannini" interbnk at terra.com.gt> on 2000.11.28 at 08:14:18(5709)
Dear Denis:

Hear, Hear!

My experience with this vexatious little gem is similar to yours - just when
you think you have its number, it starts to sulk again. I have gotten mine
up to six leaves, but agree that flowering seems to debilitate the plant.
Nevertheless, there must be a trick to getting it right, 'cause I saw a
magnificent, huge, multi-headed plant at Agri Starts in March of this year.
For starters, I'm gonna start pinching inflorescences as soon as they

Brgds -


From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.11.29 at 19:45:25(5728)
well, all of this is not a good sign for me then as my plant has 2
inflorescences. truly, i have never seen this plant with more than 4 leaves
and i know from others that they had very little luck growing it. this is
also my 2nd plant, i have already lost one.

one correction, i had said previously that it was fragrant but i think i was
smelling something else that day as i have not detected any fragrance since.

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA (excited about Anthurium crystallinum

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.11.30 at 08:33:09(5735)
Although I do not like Alocasias all that much, I DO have a soft spot for
our Little Queenie and I have grown it with success under suboptimal
conditions in the house, in a window sill. It produces offset tubers
profusely and flowers and makes leaves all the time. You need to repot it
though regularly because it "eats" the soil. It is very resistant here
whereas most other Alocasias suffer from dry air pretty quickly.

So, mr. TYC from NYC, USA, you need to do a tad better......... :-)

Wilbert Lord P.

From: Krzysztof Kozminski kk at kozminski.com> on 2000.12.06 at 11:53:59(5761)
A repeat of my post from the past:

Alocasia Black Velvet likes low light and high humidity (considering
Wilbert's posting about thriving in dry conditions: you were lucky it did
not get spider mites). Mine languished in my San Jose, California
greenhouse (50% shade cloth on walls, 70% on ceiling) until I put it into
the dead/disappointing plant recycling area (under the table). It
resprouted multiple levaes (after having flowered). I got it back on the
table, and it went back into stupor.


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