How are your Mammoths doing this year!

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:25 am

Palmer wrote:My biggest leaf is at 80cm now, any advice on feeding them to get the max out of them… or is that a trade secret :lol:
I worked a load of horse muck into my bed prior to planting out. Feed wise, i use homemade chicken poo brew about once every two weeks and in between i put one scoop of phostrogen to 7.5 ltr of water.......thats about half strength of whats recommended on the box.

On the strength of Dave's last post, i remeasured mine earlier this morning............its expanded to 860mm x 590mm. Having been totally concentrating on this leaf, i forgot about the other mammoth which itself is now coming in at 840mm.

The challenge has to be 1m now methinks............

has anyone ever done it ?

Is it possible ?

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:52 am

Palmer wrote:My biggest leaf is at 80cm now, any advice on feeding them to get the max out of them… or is that a trade secret :lol:
Should I use warm water when watering them?

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I use warm water daily, as the warmer the soil (compost) the faster the growth. I use 1/4 strength Miracle gro every 2 to 3 days, with dilute Maxicrop seaweed extract once a week, and a weak dose of Epsom Salts with it every month. This helps unleash the Mammoth in it :lol:
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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Palmer » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:15 pm

Thanks for your tips guys icon_thumleft need to get some chicken poo and I’m going to give them warm water from now on. :D

Arlon, I think Carl had the biggest leaf last year Measuring at 104x65cm :shock:

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by pdid » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:34 pm

My biggest at 62cm but still growing! I've got a little bit of catching up to do.
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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:43 pm

Even at 60 odd cm you can't beat Collies for dramatic effect.

Here is a tub planted Mammoth with leaves up to 70cm
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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:57 pm

Palmer wrote: Arlon, I think Carl had the biggest leaf last year Measuring at 104x65cm :shock:
Thats the target then :lol:

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Just found a pic of Carl's from last year. Gonna take some beating methinks.
Carl's mammoth 2011
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Post by Somerset77 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:01 pm

Just measured mine and it's 95cm long :D
Widest point is 64cm
Will post a pic later

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Somerset77 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:30 am

Somerset77 wrote:Just measured mine and it's 95cm long :D
Widest point is 64cm
Will post a pic later

Pic as promised taken yesterday using fern as a form of scale (fern is 1.66mtrs from base to bottom of fronds or 5.5ft) Fern is actually a 6 footer but planted half foot deep to help with stability and hopefully frond length as recommended by amulree.

The collie actually stands to highest tip of leave at 5 foot, and the base stem is 15cm wide with 4 pups each over a 1 foot tall already!
Aside from my bananas and seed raised ensete this plant is my pride and joy and in my view probably my biggest success in my first year. icon_thumleft
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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Mr List » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:38 am

i thought i had green thumbs until i found aroids. why don't they liek me :(

my biggest mammoth leaf is about 10 cm :lol:

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Somerset77 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:49 am

Mr List wrote:i thought i had green thumbs until i found aroids. why don't they liek me :(

my biggest mammoth leaf is about 10 cm :lol:
i only feed mine chicken pellets and i water them every evening or morning (depends on work), thats it! And mine only get about 2.5 or maybe 3 hrs late afternoon sun (plant is west facing). Ironically the ones that get full sun and the same feed water regime are absolutely rubbish! :lol:

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Vagetarian » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:08 am

I don't have any actual mammoths but my eddoes from Asda are up to 670mm :D

(though I guess they could be mammoths)

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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Somerset77 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:58 am

Vagetarian wrote:I don't have any actual mammoths but my eddoes from Asda are up to 670mm :D

(though I guess they could be mammoths)

Mine are Asda too! icon_thumleft

This plant cost me the same as a single potato! :lol:

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Post by Vagetarian » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:12 pm

Somerset77 wrote:
Vagetarian wrote:I don't have any actual mammoths but my eddoes from Asda are up to 670mm :D

(though I guess they could be mammoths)

Mine are Asda too! icon_thumleft

This plant cost me the same as a single potato! :lol:
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Re: How are your Mammoths doing this year!

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:01 pm

Mammoth is a type of Colocasia esculenta, same species as eddoes, but the shape of my Mammoth rhizomes are nothing like the Asda and Tesco eddoes I bought when they used to sell them here. The eddoes are not spherical like mammoth, instead more elongated.

A full size Mammoth rhizome is around 15cm (6in) diameter.
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