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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
4:20 AM

Post #9232649

I always have great luck with my alocasia in this spot, but even through the drought they are bigger and better than ever this year!

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greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9232656

Yours appear to be planted in the ground, are they hardy for you there in Hagerstown?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9233109

O
M
G

Makes you look like The Teeny Tiny Woman!!!!!!!
thanks for showing us
8 ^)

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #9233119

Great Googley Moogley, you could use one of those leaves as a blanket!!

I'm curious like Greenthumb about if they're hardy for you 'cause, that's some serious WOW ya got there!! =)

medlarman

medlarman
Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9233288

Holy cow! That's some pretty remarkable foliage in the first/last pic. Do you know the species/cultivar? My next door neighbor grows elephant ears, but I've never seen hers do that.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 8, 2012
5:07 AM

Post #9233900

Thanks everyone! No they are not hardy here. I take them inside in the winter. For some reason they love this particular spot. I always dig this one and separate it and take it inside. Then in the spring I plant 1 in the brick box and the rest elsewhere and as you can see from that shot of the full garden, although they are from the very same plant they don't get nearly as huge. I could replicate the photo of me standing with the large 37" leaf for the last several years and they all look alike, it just gets huge in this brick bed.
As for the black alocasia in the center of the large garden pic, they is a different species and is taken in and potted separately.
I don't do anything special with this huge one, it just always grows like a weed!
Sorry, but I don't know the particular cultivar.
These are from last year.

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 8, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9233980

They look great. Just love those Big Ears. I would love to get a tree philo and see how big I could get that to grow.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2012
3:39 AM

Post #9235250

Never heard of a tree philo?

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2012
6:11 AM

Post #9235390

Sooooo jealous...those are simply gorgeous - would make dumbo proud!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9235402

Love that!!!!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 9, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9235844

They are so neat just huge. I saw one at Bok Tower in Fl. Will post a pic if Ric can get the lap top up and running again.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 9, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9236079

Great googley moogley! (well said)

I've got one (Black Stem Taro, I think, or something like that, from Coleup) that is taller than either of my (admittedly shorter than usual) banana plants this year.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 9, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9236087

I can't wait to get back home and see what mine have done while we were gone.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #9240087

I just can't believe how big those ears are myself and they just keep gettin bigger. My banana is bigger than ever this year too.
So Holly????????? what you got???
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9240600

Came home on Sat and things have really grown while I was away. My castor bean looks great as does the portadoras and I have several different bananas this year. The big Musa has several broken leaves from a storm that went thru while we were away but the pups have really grown.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
4:38 AM

Post #9240890

What do you do with your Musa over winter Holly? I put mine in the ground this year and it is huge too, but now don't think I'll be able to repot and take inside??? I haven't noticed any pups from it?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2012
5:23 AM

Post #9240933

I received mine from Coleup at the plant swap this year. Couldn't decide weather to put it in the ground or not so I potted it up. I think I will remove the pups and grow them in pots and over winter the main tree in Josh's basement. There is still a chance that we will heat the GH this winter and then it could go in there.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 14, 2012
5:41 AM

Post #9240949

I tried to overwinter a big banana in ground and failed. Doesn't mean it can't be done but...
I cut off three pups and tried wrapping one in newspaper and storing- yuck. Then i dug the huge cut off base, moved and replanted it. covered with leaves etc- ended up being much more wet than I thought- rot.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2012
4:01 AM

Post #9242012

Do you think I can cut the musa and then just repot the bulbous bottom and it will come back next year?
Sorry it didn't work out for you Sandy. I did manage to over winter majestic palms one year a number of years ago, but it was so much work that I never bothered again. I wrapped them in insulation, then burlap and then a lot of mulch from the base up about 3'! What a mess.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
4:38 AM

Post #9242031

My son has a banana not sure what variety he has grown his inside for years. Last year it was too big to bring inside so we unpotted it removed the pups and wrapped it in burlap and stored it in his basement. Looked pretty good when he brought it outside this spring but it was a bit soft at the base right above the bulbous bottom. I wasn't sure if it was going to grow and then in the process of moving it we cracked it right at that spot. He ended up just potting up the bulbous bottom and it did regrow. So I have been wondering if you could cut one off and just store the bottom like I do my big Alocasia bulbs. I have never heard anyone talking about doing that to overwinter them.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9242796

Here are my Portadora Alocasia, Looking pretty good I will have 4 of these to take to Sally's Swap.

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9242810

White Bird of Paradise hasn't done much but it did get off to a bad start as the Ground Hogs sampled it before they decided that they didn't want to eat it. The Caster Bean has grown very nicely considering that it was planted pretty late.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 16, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9243214

Beautiful, wish I was going to the swap to pick one up! Better that I am not, I don't have room for what I've got!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

August 17, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #9245024

Holly, I see a pot of Fire Cracker Begonia hanging there too. Isn't that a cool plant? I love mine. Killed one over winter, but the one that survived has done well.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

August 17, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9245026

Haighr, mighty fine speciman you have there. Real cute picture of you too. These plants have to rate as one of my very favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Ruby
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 17, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9245067

Yes Ruby I just loved that I started out with several of them but ended up giving most of them away. I will definitely get more of those next year.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9246062

We should link this thread with our "Tropicals" thread
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1267292/

I really enjoy Big leaves, too. Nice ones Haitgr. They must love all that brick stored heat relese during the night time when they do their growing! That soil must warm up earlier there to stretch our 'tropical' growing season, too.

lol Critter, that black stem taro has been itchin for almost 5 years to really take off...same with mama Musa, Holly. First daughter is almost 9 feet tall. Will post some pics over on tropicals thread linked above.

Pic is of 'firecracker' begonia. canna, and coleus 'Sedona' combo.

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Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2012
9:19 PM

Post #9246177

Wowzers Holly!!! Purdy, Coleup

hartzell81

hartzell81
Mount Pleasant, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9246482

Oh my! I wish mine had gotten that big! It's my first year growing them. How do you store your EE's for the winter?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 19, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9246981

Well the Portadora is one that will get pretty big, mine are small compared to those that live in more tropical areas where they stay in the ground all year round. In the fall I cut off the top and dig up the bulbs then I just put them in an open basket and store them in a warm room under my light table.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9247378

Hartzell,

All of my EEs are grown in containers (mostly 3 gal or above) so when weather cools , say beginning of Nov (Zone 7b pushing 8a)
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
10:46 AM

Post #9247724

Thanks everyone. I pot mine up except for the really huge one! I think I can store the big bulb. I think that is what I will do with the musa as well, just dig the huge bulbous tuber and take it inside and store in the basement where it is cool and dark.
So Holly, should I keep the EE's bulbs warm? I have never dug them and stored before, just potted up the pups and overwinter them in a sunny window.
I guess that warm brick is just what they like as my others throughout the gardens are big, but nothing close to this giant!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 20, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9248049

Yes, Keep them in a warm spot they should do well for you.
Here is something a bit different in the way of Big Ears. My Hardy Begonia has a leaf that is 16in long.

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Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
3:38 PM

Post #9248077

Bummer--Just wrote along Post here and went to Google a place to show you and myst have "X"'ed it out accidentally.
Sometimes it is an art ti know when to click on "back" and NOT on the "X" to close it.
This usually happens to me when I have opened a link to a place and c/p it--and them want to get back to
the post i was writing. BAM! Gone!!!

Talking about Banana Plants ----

Anyway---I was mentioning a wonderful Nursery here--just a couple of miles from my house.
Many of you may remember "Chapel Hill Nursery" as the place I face painted for them at their BIG fall
Festivals for 17 years.
Now they have gone to smaller festivals--every weekend in October. They stil do all the great things..
Pit Pork--music--petting zoos--rides--and all kinds of food booths. Need to go back and enjoy this one more time...

They are open for B-Day parties for kids and "field Trips as well. They have all kinds of animals and a few G-Houses--
and the owner (Russel) also raises Clydesdale Horses as a hobby.

Anyway--to keep some money flowing in in the dog days of summer--they have started also selling veggies
and fruits and eggs and garden supplies. It truly ids a nice place...
So--I have been dropping by there lately to p/u this and that. Went there a couple days ago--and saw these amazing
Banana plants by their HUGE Koi pond. The landscaping all around this place is beyond awesome!!!
I noticed the huge clump of Banana trees. maybe 8' tall and asked Mike--the other owner--how they winter these over?
He shrugged it off and said they do not bother with that. They just dig them up and get rid of them...

My mouth must have stayed open for 5 minutes...HUHHHHH????? I said! Don't you know how many people
would lobe to have these???? Always thinking of all of the DG'ers here...
I continued---Besides--you have a horse bard you could keep them in (He said they are not heated).
I said--You have Greenhouses and other out-buildings...NOPE!! NOPE!!! Not gonna do it! Mike said!

SOOOO--You all came to my mind...I will try to get some pictures of these plants (with permission--of course)
and maybe some of you may want to drive over here and get these as they are digging them up--??????????????

Not sure what I am getting myself into here...maybe it would not work--but it is worth a try.
Let me know--and I will go over there and wheel and deal...

Here is a link to the Nursery. Check out all the side links to get the full impact of what they are all about.
VERY community oriented...They hold kid's B-Day parties--field trips---Petting zoos---fairs with food and music and rides, etc...

http://perryhall.patch.com/listings/chapel-hills-farm-nursery

Let me see if I can grub up some pictures from my days there-----

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hartzell81

hartzell81
Mount Pleasant, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9248198

Well I'll just have to string a wicker basket under the shelf in my office. DG is going to have a fit when all the trops come in this year. LOL He has the entire back house as a man cave maybe I should just "borrow" some space.
I'm really glad I asked because I was going to stick these in my potting room. Which is kinda dark & not heated. Thannk you for the info!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 20, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #9248207

Holy moly Holly, one huge begonia!

Not me Gita, but its awful nice of you to think of all of us.

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #9256866

Gita - depending when they do the digging and what price he's asking - I might be interested for my nephew...course I'd have to figure transport LOL
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
4:05 PM

Post #9257489

Yes it is and for some reason it isn't getting eaten up by the bugs and slugs. So it looks really nice.
Think I will go out and take canna leaf pictures.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9257497

Chantelle---

They are trashing all these banana plants---SO--I CANNOT IMAGINE THEM ASKING FOR A PRICE,,,

Would you REALLY, REALLY drive up here to White Marsh to get some of these????
Need to know this 100% as a commitment. Then I can go and ask when--and how...

How much effort do you want to put out to get these dug up Banana Plants?????????????????????

Gita
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 28, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #9257518

So most of these aren't very big this year as they were recently purchased and planted. I expect good things from them next year but they sure are pretty even if they aren't very big.
I do have some tall green leaved ones that have either red or yellow flowers and then there are the special cannas.
Australia, African Sunset, Tropicanna, Striped Beauty

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ssgardener
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9257572

Gita, I'm willing to make the trip up to White Marsh! It's only an hour drive for me. It just depends on scheduling.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9257634

OMG--Now what do i do?????
Got myself into the middle of this...AAAGGHHHHH!

Now I will need to go there and find out, exactly, WHEN they would be digging these up.
Then I will let you all know--and you all better get your PU trucks here asap after that...

I DO NOT want to be responsible to take care of these dug up Bananas--not even for 5 minutes!!!

PLEASE--commit NOW!!! And then I will go and tell the owner to let me know when the
carnage is about to take place...Which--may be very soon now. Hopefully--NOT done already.

Gita
ssgardener
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9257730

Gita, I hope they haven't been dug up yet! It's still so early!

I just need to find out in advance when they're being dug up. I can do it this weekend!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9258026

I doubt if they will dig these up before November.

They hold BIG Fall Festivals all over the Nursery Grounds every weekend in October.

These plants are part of the landscaping around their huge Koi pond--which is very popular
with kids and families.

Here is one link of the Nursery,

http://perryhall.patch.com/listings/chapel-hills-farm-nursery#photo-723792

http://www.gardenguides.com/local-nurseries/md-perry-hall/
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9258093

Re digging up tropicals for the winter (like Elephants Ears) -- how do you do it? The one time I tried (can't remember what plant it was), I ended up spearing the bulbs. Do you do it by hand?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9258119

Happy, When I dug up my big Portadora, I tried pulling on them to see if that gave me any idea of where all the bulbs were. Then I cut off all the foliage. Went out pretty far with my shovel to see if I could move it to get a closer idea and then just went at them. I have nicked a few bulbs. I use a short tine heavy digging fork for some of the plants it works well also but I have forked a few bulbs, too.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9258152

Thanks. Mine are in pots, but I'd love to put them in the soil. Maybe next year I'll put some of the smaller bulbs in the soil and see how it works out. Did your nicked bulbs survive the winter?
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #9258266

Yes they did but I guess it would depend on how bad you got them. Not like I cleaned and disinfected mine either.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 29, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #9258312

They may not bother digging them up until they get frost-killed. If they do dig them when they're still green, just chop off the pseudostem and throw the big corm (with whatever roots are attached) into a box. It would keep fine that way for a month as long as it didn't freeze.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9258605

What is a pseudostem? I know it translates to fake-stem...Is it the big stem?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9258798

Might i suggest that gita give ssg the name and phone number of the nursery and bow out?
With time constraints the relaying messages is another complication.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 29, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9258831

I posted 2 links to Chapel Hills Nursery a few posts above with all heir information.

Anyone reading this post--and interested--can call them and find out the dates and make arrangements.
i really WOULD like to stay out of it. You can reference that "Gita told you about this"...They know who i am...

For those that did not open the links--here is their "stats".

Chapel Hills Nursery
4350 Chapel Rd
Perry Hall, MD 21128-9768

Phone: 410-256-5335


You can also always contact me via D-mail. Gita


rubyw
Crozet, VA

September 4, 2012
9:31 AM

Post #9264547

Thought this would be a good place to share something that is new to me. I don't have a lot of experience with Elephant Ears, but do love them. On Saturday while looking out of my front window, I saw what I thought might be a yellow bloom on one. John said, no way...but I went out with my camera and proved him wrong. This was really a big thrill for me to find this.

Ruby

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 4, 2012
11:38 AM

Post #9264672

That is beautiful Ruby. Isn't it fun when they do that so unexpected. Is yours fragrant? Some of them are they are called spathes.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 4, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9264685

Cool, Ruby!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 4, 2012
1:25 PM

Post #9264773

That is really cool. I've been growing these for years and never gotten one to bloom a spathe, wow!
Here is a pic of one of mine from today.

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

September 5, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #9265740

Gorgeous Haighr!!!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
5:19 AM

Post #9266720

Thanks they are growing like weeds.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9266721

Even Abygail loves the ears!

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 6, 2012
8:20 AM

Post #9266883

I think that leaf is bigger than Abygail. What a sweet child, so cute with a beautiful smile.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

September 6, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9266983

Awesome!!!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 6, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9267548

That is a seriously insane ee!
Cute Abigail She looks like you!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

September 7, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9267705

Thanks everyone, she is something!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

September 7, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9267798

Ditto to all of the above...sweet girl.

Ruby

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 10, 2012
10:55 AM

Post #9270917

Adorable!!!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

September 11, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9271854

A report on the EE that I said bloomed last week or put out a spathe. It has done the same thing a few more times this week but I didn't capture it on the camera this time. The spathes sure don't last long though, two days at the most for mine it seems. First time for me seeing these so certainly a thrill for me.

Ruby
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 13, 2012
7:03 PM

Post #9274493

Some of my Caladiums are putting them out right now. Can't wait to see you Ruby.

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