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  Basic Aroid Question??
From: Mike Bernardoni <mikeb at GlobalEyes.net> on 1998.06.13 at 18:18:03(2290)
Hi I was wondering how much sun that Colocasias and Alocasias can take??? Does it
depend on the variety??? I usually keep my Caladiums in the shade...Common "Elephant
Ears"..can they be grown in full sun??? I know these are basic questions and I will
appreciate your help!! TIA Mike

From: "Mansell, Richard" <mansell at chuma1.cas.usf.edu> on 1998.06.14 at 05:39:02(2293)
Mike, I can only comment on the Caladium. The growers here in Florida
have acres and acres and in full sun. The are interested in producing
large tubers and many offsets. In more shade, these same plants have a
tendency to get taller and have larger leaves (although not a strong).

The Alocasias vary according to which species you are talking about.


Richard L. Mansell

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.06.14 at 14:06:44(2295)
-----Original Message-----
To: ju-bo@msn.com
Date: Saturday, June 13, 1998 2:08 PM
Subject: Basic Aroid Question??
Dear Mike,
I do not grow Alocasias, but they are normally grown in the shade, though I
suspect quite a few of the commoner species would and do grow very well in
full sun. Colocasias do well in full sun, and are grown as food in
rice-type paddys or fields, and will also grow in partial shade. Caladiums
seem to prefer partial shade or "dappled sunlight" under a tree.
Hope this helps.
From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1998.06.14 at 14:18:12(2298)
Here in Southeast Florida I can grow them all in the sun. However, they do
not do as well as if they were in shade. It is a light factor. If the
plant gets enough light to make the food it needs, it will not grow large
and lush. However, the plant has to be weaned out into the sun... and
will probably loose all of the foliage that grew in the shade. Some of the
Alocasias that will do well are A. california and several others that have
tough foliage... Some of the more ornamental ones... will not do well at
all outside. As far as the Colocasias are concerned... they are grown
commercially in large fields. You would be very safe with this Genus.
Xanthosomas are the same... grown commercially in large fields....

Hope this helps.

From: Mike Bernardoni <mikeb at GlobalEyes.net> on 1998.06.15 at 02:46:30(2305)
Hello...Thanks for everyones help...I am learning more and more....Among my
other "Plant Addictions" it appears that aroids are among them!! This is my
first year with aroids and I am really enjoying them.....Mike

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