When I grow up I want to be an Alocasia

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When I grow up I want to be an Alocasia

Post by GREVILLE » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:26 pm

Started this Xanthosoma sagittifolium from a corm last May and it decided to develop Alocasia-type tendencies last month as the pointed end of the leaf turned upward.
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I realise what happened with this. I repositioned it against a fully planted backdrop so that the vigorous new leaf opened towards it and in an effort to reach the light flipped back on itself towards the main light source.


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Re: When I grow up I want to be an Alocasia

Post by jungle jas » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:21 am

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Re: When I grow up I want to be an Alocasia

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:38 am

They can't be watered too much, and must not completely dry out even if dormant. I had loads of dormant xanth rhizomes overwintered in dry compost and lost all except one pot. That one turned out was under a leak in the Lunar Module roof and remained damp. Seems above 5C in just moist compost is the order of the day for these :wink:
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Re: When I grow up I want to be an Alocasia

Post by GREVILLE » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:30 pm

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Dave Brown wrote: Seems above 5C in just moist compost is the order of the day for these :wink:
Glad you said that, Dave. I was going to dry off the plant for winter and restart a bare rhizome next Spring. I think I should treat it more like an Alocasia and keep it just active with at least one leaf on the go.

Now righted itself a month later:
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You're right, Jas, nature rights it every time


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