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  [Aroid-l] tall Alocasia 'Calidora' with a "pseudotrunk"
From: ju-bo at msn.com (ju-bo at msn.com) on 2008.06.24 at 22:09:02(17946)
> Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:30:29 -0700
> From: leu242 at yahoo.com
> To: aroid-l at gizmoworks.com
> Subject: [Aroid-l] tall Alocasia 'Calidora' with a "pseudotrunk"

Dear Eric,

Yes, some Alocasias do grow tall. I THINK that on this list, and only just recently, Pete Boyce was describing how, in the wild, the falling leaves keep up with the vertical growth of an Alocasia rhizome/''trunk'', and that many Alocasias eventually die when potted because the grow too tall and there is no humus being deposited around the rhizomes for them to send new roots into. I THINK he also said that many species sort of ''fall over'' naturally and grow horizontally along the ground. He said to try growing them in a pot about 1/2 full of medium, and adding old leaves around their rhizomes as they became taller.
We find the same thing/problem with Neotropical Xanthosoma sps., the equiv. to the Asian Alocasias.

Good Growing,


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