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Aroids: Question about Overwintering Colocasia macrorrhiza Bulbs

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9323264

Prior to lifting the bulbs earlier in the week, I removed the leaves and cut the stalks back, leaving about 3" of green showing above the collars. Should the remaining portions of the stalks be cut back or not, and if so how close to the collars? These were new bulbs this year, laid out to dry now, and would like to know how to properly store them.
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

April 21, 2013
1:43 AM

Post #9491486

I bring all my alocasia and colocasia in the garage. I am surprised no one answered you.

What did you do?

Belle
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2013
9:23 AM

Post #9491868

i agree with belle..
im in colder weather than u all are though..
i would think digging them would help prevent any rotting from cool temps
and wet soil...
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2013
4:07 PM

Post #9493607

Thanks so much both of you for responding.

Belle, what is the lowest temp in your garage over Winter? It seemed to be another non-Winter here near Roanoke for the second consecutive year, only having a dab of snow a few times and not many freezes. We heat our garage with a wood stove so it stays pretty toasty.

Actually I have three of these and decided to overwinter one as a houseplant. My thinking was at least one would survive. Worked well although the new leaves weren't nearly as gigantic but were nice to have inside. The other two bulbs mentioned above were left in an inside closet in a box of newspapers. I just brought them out a few days ago and from the green sprouts just starting to emerge on their sides and down toward the collars, they are alive and well.


bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

April 22, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9493730

Blue Ridge is colder than where we live, our garage is not heated but it is full of plants. I have plumerias of various sizes and other tropical plants. All alocasia/ colocasia are taken out of the pots and are stored with dirt in in huge rubber maid.
Most of them are tagged but it get mixed up so they are identified when they leaf out.

I hire someone to bring them in as well as take them out and I am slowly potting them.
I have a bad back so i have to be extra careful.

Belle
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2013
6:10 PM

Post #9496052

It sounds like you have a nice collection of Tropicals, Belle, and am glad you have help. I was tempted to plant the Colocasia bulbs today but decided to wait until our nights are consistently above 50. Does that sound about right?
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9496125

i would wait for consistent "warmish" temps at nite..
ive found my EE's are less tolerant of cool nites than my bananas..
i would think its their leaf structure.. they have less ability to tough it
out with cooler temps..
i haul mine out (potted ones) on nice days..but they all come back in
before nite.. then i plant them in gardens around early june..
im sure for u in VA you can put them out before i can..
lucky u !!! :)
good luck to ya...
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

April 25, 2013
12:54 AM

Post #9496333

Too much collection!! DH is after me a lot. I have 2 hires this Friday and i am lucky to have connections. i am constantly looking for someone to hire. You have to make yor intentions known to get help. LOL!!!

Belle
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 5, 2013
12:23 PM

Post #9509199

Fruit,
Did you bring your tropicals out yet. it should be okay now.

Belle
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2013
5:16 PM

Post #9509620

Thanks 777 and for your follow-up, Belle. I did earlier in the week and repotted the two bulbs overwintered. They are enjoying these cool overcast rainy days and am still keeping an eye on the night time temps.

How much were you able to accomplish with your helpers?
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 5, 2013
5:20 PM

Post #9509627

The first guy cleared and cultivated my veggie grden and helped some of the potting. He later complained that he hurt his back , gave him tylenol and did not return my call.

the 2 guys did not show up so I am very behind re potting.

I am going to take pictures after my vacation.

Belle
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2013
5:26 PM

Post #9509637

u are the best boss belle!!
i guess when we find some helpers..we want to make them
as happy campers as we can..so we can keep them
:)
bummer dude didnt show up again... :(
were having some nice weather now..yea..but..sigh
LOL i think u all know what i mean...
i gotta get weeds pulled..which i did alot other day..:)
but..i have major tropicals to get potted up..and hauled out
in the next 30 days..
i make compost..what respectable gardener doesnt..:)
but i need more..so i have order in for next week.. 4 yrds then
move it where i want it..
funny isnt it.. all this soil/compost..and every yr..i keep adding to the
gardens..???? im starting to think neighbours are comming over when im
not home and taking it...??? LOL :)
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 6, 2013
3:50 AM

Post #9510042

Tropic,

You must be retired too!!

i love being retired, I do not have a lot of $$$ but I learned to adjust. Luckily DH pays for my golf and vacation!! LOL!!!

I have several to call when I need help. I also have someone water the plants that the sprinkler system cdoes not reach and pays her even if it rains so I do not stress when i am away.!!! I give them drinks and lunch sometimes or just give $$ to go the get a quick lunch.

I will be posting pictures when i get back. I am behind, I still have tons to repot but I already have a girl to come as soon as I get home.

Dh does not like a lot of mess so the clean pots are under a big fig tree surrounded by potted hosta.

Happy gardening!!! Spring fever is contagious!!!!

Belle
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2013
7:17 AM

Post #9510278

i need to retire belle..
im still at the grind.. sigh..LOL
i guess with work,yard,house,stuff..it keeps me out of
trouble.. mmmm.what mischief will i get into when i do retire?????
lol
ive always like to stay really busy..so..comes in handy now..i guess..
u know how it is.. theres always something to do.. patch that needs weeding out..
bla..bla..:)
theres a guy down your way..york SC..that is growing plant ..amorphophallus
titanum.. i think he may be more sucessful than me..more temperate climate than
up here in utah.. that is ..until i get a greenhouse up..
i'll get pics posted too ..when get plantings in..
dave
bellieg
Virginia Beach, VA

May 6, 2013
11:03 AM

Post #9510563

I would love to get his name and maybe he can sell me some.

Does your wife / significant other like gardening?

You seem soooo busy with everything else.

Belle

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