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  Alocasia metalica
From: Floral Artistry jjingram at pacbell.net> on 2001.11.16 at 06:37:05(7821)
I just bought an A. metallica and wondered how this would do by the beach in
full sun or would it be better in the shade inland?
I'm in Los Angeles and the beach area would be Venice or the inland would be
W. Hollywood.

John Ingram

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.11.16 at 16:39:28(7822)
Most Alocasias are plants of the moist, humid understory of jungles, so my
bet would be FAR away from the beach and salt-spray, planted in a
well-drained, always moist soil mix, and shaded/bright light, no strong

From: "Clarence Hammer" chammer at cfl.rr.com> on 2001.11.17 at 21:17:24(7827)
Hello John. By metallica, I assume you're referencing what I know as A.
plumbea Dark Form. Altho I grow mine in bright shade, I have seen it in
full sun many times and perfectly happy. These have seemed to be a bit
lighter (bleached?) than those in shade. I think an ideal situation would
be full morning sun and bright shade afternoon. My main concern about your
beach location is the wind. Also a possible problem with the salt air,
which here on the Atlantic is a major consideration. However, the water at
your Calif location may be quieter, and not produce so much airborn salt.

If I were you, my preference would be the inland location. Incidently,
plumbea Green Form is beautiful also,
and grows to the same size. The top of the leaf is a bit lighter green,
with a lavender metallic reverse. Petioles are creamy tan with brown dots
and flecks thruout. Petioles in good light can be pinkish, which adds to
its beauty.

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