Never give up on Colocasia

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Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:06 am

My Colocasia Black Beauty got caught in the frost and cold for a short while before being moved to the conservatory last November. The tops were mushed but I hoped to save the rhizomes, but they went soft. and I though that was it. I left the pot in the conservatory in a dark corner under other plants and forgot about it, so left completely dry. :roll:

Last week while tidying up I dragged the tub out and was going to dump the old rhizomes, but noticed a small green shoot. It looked like a tiny Colocasia shoot so I watered the tub and left it for a week.

This was it yesterday. I uncovered stolens and these had sprouted as well :wink:
2011-03-29 14-15-06 Colocasia Black Beauty rhizome.jpg
2011-03-30 12-24-14 Colocasia Black Beauty growing.jpg
2011-03-30 12-31-04 Colocasia Black Beauty sprouting.jpg
The morale of the story is never give up on Colocsasia
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sanatic1234

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by sanatic1234 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:10 am

Nice one dave :) do you want to wake up my colocasia for me :lol:

musabasjoos

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by musabasjoos » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:17 am

sanatic1234 wrote:Nice one dave :) do you want to wake up my colocasia for me :lol:
mine are still napping too!

sanatic1234

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by sanatic1234 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:37 pm

I know earlier i said mine was still sleeping well that was before closer inspection, i have two little green spots appearing on the top sides of the rhizome, now thats either this years growth or growth from last year i haven't noticed it before.

I can only just get a pic of one side and the pic aint brilliant, have a look see what you think.
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Bob

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Bob » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:11 pm

That's perseverance for you Dave, well done. icon_salut
Are we in the same realms as Black magic in the overwintering stakes here?

SteveW

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by SteveW » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:08 pm

Colocasia are truly remarkable plants.
I noticedmy gaoligonensis are perfectly well andalive outside,just starting to poke their heads :wink: above their bark mulch this week 8)
I really thought they'd be toast after this winter so well pleased they're back.
I also had a look where I left one of the small formosanas last year,and found stolons with some nice green buds Just beginning to form. The main corm looked mushed,but I wouldnt b surprised if it resprouts :lol:
I'll have a look to see if pink china made it through tomorrow,fingers crossed

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Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by dino » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:33 pm

Never give up on anything I say. Nature has an incredible way of never giving up.

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Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:26 pm

My Colocasia Mammoth is just putting in an appearance I noticed this evening. I'll see if I can get a pic tomorrow. Planted out in 2007 and has just survived it's fourth winter and a 100 year December. Can't be bad :wink:

A lot earlier to show than in 2009 and 2010 icon_thumright
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Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Mr List » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:52 am

is there any way to get one of those mammoth now?

(that is the mystery wilkos one, is it not?)

SteveW

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by SteveW » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:56 am

The ones being sold loose at GCs last year turned out to be pretty much identical to mammoth. So itsprobably worth your while looking round to try and find them.

sanatic1234

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by sanatic1234 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:00 am

Don't know if your interested Mr list but her is a link for one to buy.

http://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/coloc ... d1896.html

Mr List

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Mr List » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:45 pm

are you sure that is the right one?

sanatic1234

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by sanatic1234 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:31 pm

sorry mr list no it isn't.., I got mixed up when it said about mammoth, i have found another one but it will cost you over 30 pounds for a 1 ltr plant. A bit OTT that is from jungle plants

Mr List

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by Mr List » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:58 pm

if it is the one that dave has i the ground all the time and keeps coming back i would pay that.

sanatic1234

Re: Never give up on Colocasia

Post by sanatic1234 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:00 pm

yeah dave has that one shown on the jungle plants website, you can see a pic of it on the gallery photo's i think? or its on the photo shots as you come on to the home page of the forum :)

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