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  Wintering Alocasia
From: leezmoney1 at comcast.net on 2010.09.20 at 00:44:26(21464)
I have obtained several new Alocasia this year and have a question about wintering. I am in zone 5 and would like to know if I can pull out and store the bulbs, or do I need to bring the plants indoors. The varieties are "Boa", "Stingray", and "Ele Paio".


From: Christopher Rogers <branchiopod at gmail.com> on 2010.09.20 at 14:14:55(21469)

I would dig up the tubers and store them.

Good luck,




From: Scott Radford <s.rad4d at ymail.com> on 2010.09.20 at 17:09:17(21472)
Hi there

If I were you I would not be too keen to let these plants go dormant in Zone 5. Here in the south west UK which is zone 9 in comparison my alocasias this year (odora, denudata, gaganea, sarian, portei, macrorrhizos and wentii) all bar the mac and gaganea have been reticent to come out from dormancy much at all. In fact odora is only on its third leaf now, wentii and denudata only have one in 3 months. So for sure I am keeping them in heated accommodation for the winter to keep them from going dormant

I hope whichever you decide, given the right amount of warmth in the spring can bring them out




From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2010.09.21 at 03:58:34(21476)

You should find a cool place, 5-15*C (40-55*F). If the leaves resist, water the plants rarely, once a month to avoid the rhizome rotting, If they lose leaves, don't water them, they may fall into dormancy.

I don't know how to store Alocasia boa, but A. macrorrhizos 'Stingray' and Colocasia esculenta 'Ele Paio' (not Alocasia) rhizomes should survive. Of course if you find room for them all of them you can winter at home cultivating as normal pot plants (beware of spider mites).





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