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  Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasias
From: "John Criswick" <criswick at spiceisle.com> on 2009.07.15 at 22:33:44(19534)
Thank you very much indeed Peter !

From:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Peter Boyce
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 20092:07 AM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasias

Dear John,

Apologies for the slow reply; have just beenattending the Nancy aroid conference, then to Munich to Josef’s collection, and then to Firenze to work in the Beccari Herbarium; just backtoday.

Alocasia robustais not easy and invariably reactsvery badly to transplanting. We have found the only way to grow successfully itis to plant ex vitro into the final size pot (looks ludicrous for a longbut works) or to sown seeds (3 -4) into the final size pot or final growingplace.

In the wild it is a gap-phase plant, and incultivation needs nearly full sun or very light shade. It is also definitely aplant for a mineral soil; in habitat the largest plants are always in the localterat series red soils with light leaf litter cover.

Very best




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