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  Xanthos. saggitiflorum
From: Jean Halverson jahalve at mhtc.net> on 2002.10.07 at 11:08:02(9498)
A 4 ft Xanthosoma saggitiflorum won't be happy outside in my upcoming zone 4
winter. Will this plant die back to its tuber (or bulb)? I dup it up and have
it in a pot indoors.

Should I just treat it like a houseplant until spring arrives again? What
temperature and conditions would it like indoors?

Jean Halverson

From: "Harry Witmore" harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2002.10.07 at 16:10:41(9499)
Since you can purchase them dry at the grocery you should be able to store
them dry. I put them in a pot and store in the greenhouse with a min temp of
60 degrees. They die back at that temp but I keep them on the dry side and
they do well.

Harry Witmore

From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2002.10.07 at 16:37:28(9500)
This does pretty well for me as a houseplant in the winter. You do have to
watch for spider mites though.

My house is very low light, and I've had times when X. saggit dies back to
1-2 leaves but it always perks up again once it gets outside.
Hope this helps a little,

Susan Cooper

From: "MJ Hatfield" mjhatfield at oneota.org> on 2002.10.07 at 18:47:01(9501)
I too would like to know if Xanthosoma can be put into a dormancy (withhold
water to the pot, store in the dark garage heated to just under 40F). Also
can Alocasia 'Calidora'. It has become too big to fit in the house (well, I
could move the kitchen table to the garage).
MJ Hatfield

From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2002.10.08 at 15:35:16(9506)
I don't think that I'd put it in such a cold area for storage.
That's sort of what they'd encounter in the grocery store and they
usually deteriorate pretty fast. I have mine in a 15 gal. pot and
just bring it inside and water it occasionally. It gets put in a
cool room with very little direct sun and of course the leaves
wither away, but it does survive until Spring. This also seems to
work pretty well with Alocasia 'Portodora'.

David Sizemore

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