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  Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasias
From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2009.07.15 at 09:06:50(19523)

Apologiesfor the slow reply; have just been attending the Nancy aroid conference, thento Munich to Josef’s collection, and then to Firenze to work in theBeccari Herbarium; just back today.

Alocasiarobustais not easy and invariably reacts very badly to transplanting. We havefound the only way to grow successfully it is to plant ex vitro into thefinal size pot (looks ludicrous for a long but works) or to sown seeds (3 -4)into the final size pot or final growing place.

Inthe wild it is a gap-phase plant, and in cultivation needs nearly full sun orvery light shade. It is also definitely a plant for a mineral soil; in habitatthe largest plants are always in the local terat series red soils with lightleaf litter cover.





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