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best alocasia for UK

Post by Mr List » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:48 am

well this nyear had been cool and dark so which alocasia have done well outside this year?

i fancy one next year but i want one that can handle the cool weather without stopping all the time.


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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:11 am

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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:31 pm

My alocasia calidora has done well. Only a pup this time last year. Will try and get a pic later.


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Post by Dave Brown » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:20 pm

Alocasia x calidora is the best easliy available one. Also odora, gaganea, and Mayan Mask do well in our more maritime summers.

This is my x calidora
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Post by Troppoz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:24 pm

Are there any Alocasias that can remain outdoors in the ground in the milder parts of the UK or are they all tender? By tender I dont mean zapped back to the ground by frost but well and truly killed by the cold right down to the rhizome.
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Post by The Codfather » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:37 pm

The problem is getting a Alocasia x calidora....I have searched everywhere :(
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Post by Dave Brown » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:48 pm

Troppoz wrote:Are there any Alocasias that can remain outdoors in the ground in the milder parts of the UK or are they all tender? By tender I dont mean zapped back to the ground by frost but well and truly killed by the cold right down to the rhizome.
The problem is cold/wet Sean, The ones I have tried just rotted, also you need BIG HEAT to start them into growth again, and we just don't get that in the UK.

The only way I could see getting one through would be with soil warming cables under it. :wink:
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Post by Dave Brown » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:52 pm

The Codfather wrote:The problem is getting a Alocasia x calidora....I have searched everywhere :(
I might have a chip off the old block next year if you can wait. I have a back up and will have to cut mine down to get it in the conservatory next year. It is over 7 ft tall now.

This is a larger leaved strain I was told, but doesn't pup. There are other selections of the hybrid that pup like crazy but struggle to get big leaves, as all the energy goes into pupping.
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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:22 pm

Mr L, pic as promised.

As i said earlier, this calidora was a little pup this time last year and now its a tad over 4ft above the soil.

Not bad for a years growth methinks...............
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Post by Mr List » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:50 pm

looking good, now i just need to remember this thread next spring ..... :lol:


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Post by The Codfather » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:24 pm

Dave Brown wrote:
The Codfather wrote:The problem is getting a Alocasia x calidora....I have searched everywhere :(
I might have a chip off the old block next year if you can wait. I have a back up and will have to cut mine down to get it in the conservatory next year. It is over 7 ft tall now.

This is a larger leaved strain I was told, but doesn't pup. There are other selections of the hybrid that pup like crazy but struggle to get big leaves, as all the energy goes into pupping.
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Post by The Codfather » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:25 pm

Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:Mr L, pic as promised.

As i said earlier, this calidora was a little pup this time last year and now its a tad over 4ft above the soil.

Not bad for a years growth methinks...............
WOW.........as it been in the greenhouse all year ???
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Post by The Codfather » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:26 pm

Dave, does yours live in its pot all year ?
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Post by Kristen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:02 pm

The Codfather wrote:The problem is getting a Alocasia x calidora....I have searched everywhere :(
What is Dave's McCalidora by comparison?
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Re: best alocasia for UK

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:30 pm

The Codfather wrote:
Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:Mr L, pic as promised.

As i said earlier, this calidora was a little pup this time last year and now its a tad over 4ft above the soil.

Not bad for a years growth methinks...............
WOW.........as it been in the greenhouse all year ???
No m8, its been planted out for months. Dug it out a couple of days ago to give it the extra heat in the g/h.


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