Poor quality pic but all I have right now, taken about a month ago. Last week I measured a leaf - 39 inches - wish I had put it in a bigger pot. I know people are growing them (lots bigger than mine) - Tony Advent (Plant Delights) is always sold out.
Colocasia Thai Giant- pics please
Where do you keep in in the winter? Do you just store the bulb?
Well begonia, I'm not sure. I THINK it makes a bulb, but I was thinking I'd take it to work (more room) and see if I can keep it growing over winter..... I may just call PD and ask them... maybe someone who knows will post?
Wow AuntB, that is a biggie! PD catalogue says it's hardy to 7b. What's your zone?
I'm in 5b, I usually let my EE's and caladiums dry out in fall, dig up, knock off the dirt and store in plasitic grocery bag in a dark place in my basement, but I noticed at our county courthouse they had one growing on a stair landing, so I think the Thai Giant will be okay in my office...
I hope you are going to enter it into the biggest EE contest, see Tropical Forum posting by Bwilliams.
Yes, rox, I saw that over there, but thanks for letting me know. (shhhhhh I'm giving mine more growing time) ;) Some lady in FL has one 4ft 4in - can't beat that!
What zone are you? I still think we need to do a zone by zone contest. I have posted a "promisory note" for a prize for the zone 5-7a people.
Really?? I'm in 5b... better go feed & nurture..... and find that post!
AuntB, Did your C. Thai Giant live thru last winter? No pictures this summer of it ? What happened? If you do have any pics. of it please post. Thank You, Jerry PS. like that little robot said " I'am alive,I'am alive" and i need input!!!!!! Thanks.
Hi Jerry, it did fine through winter. It's still in a pot and I will put it in the ground in Spring. It is trying to put out a second pup. I'm not as impressed with it as I was that first year. I hope it does better in the ground. I'm home sick today, I'll look for a pic when I get back to work. I don't know if I have a pic of it as the "focus" as it never really flourished. Do you have some monster ones down there?
A biggest EE contest? Is this something that I should look into? Or should I be left off the curve to give others a chance?
Two summers ago, Brian challenged us to grow the biggest leafed Colocasias and Alocasias.
He sponsored an award for the biggest Alo and Colo in general, and I sponsored an award for the biggest Alo and Colo grown in
Here is the link:
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Rox! Was it 2 summers ago?? Doesn't seem like that long. Grub, now that you mention the sun... maybe it was in more sun this last summer... where I had it that it got the biggest leaves it was in more filtered shade with some early a.m. direct sun..... I thought the leaves were more green there as well as bigger... now I have to rethink where I'm putting it in the ground this spring..
I just realized my post got cut off. I added the link to the old post.
And LariAnn...you should definitely compete.
I would love to see all your "babies".
PS A reminder: I am trying to get everyone to update the Plant Files with images and descriptions. I haven't decided on a prize yet, but there will be one. Perhaps an "exotic" EE from one of my trips.
Ah! Jerry, SO many! They're cute! Congrats! Did you hand pollinate? I need to try that this year..
Now that I have plants of Alocasia x robudora (A. odora x A. robusta), and they are growing quite vigorously, the other contestants might be at a disadvantage. I'm going to take pictures this weekend to whet everyone's appetite. These new plants look just like robustas except they are not finicky and they don't have the powdery undersides to the leaves. The way they are growing, I'm expecting really BIG Ears this summer.
Did we ever decide between the two dates for the BEF? I want to book my flight, but I wanted to wait until an exact date was set.
LariAnn, The bigger the leaves the more fun it will be to try to get everyones plants even BIGGER. BIGGER the better right, RIGHT! Jerry
AuntB, Hand pollinate? No i just put a pot under a flower and let mother nature take over. I was sure surprised when i saw them. Hope that some will live and get big. Jerry
ROX, Very good question. We all would like to know the answer,other than he has all green thumbs! Jerry
bwilliams.......!!!!! (picking up chin/mopping keyboard) I'm in awe! Do tell ..ground/greenhouse? greenhouse? This is C. Thai Giant?? What a monster!
I cannot take credit for growing this one. My friend in Indiana grew this plant outside partial sun. He got the plant from me in the spring in a 4 inch pot the plant was around 5 inches tall. He has a outdoor bed that consist of almost 3 to 4 feet of pure compost. He grew this in one season from March to late July August. My plant was around 7 feet tall with leaves just a bit smaller. It seems he had his plant in a more wind protected area and was able to get a bit more size. I think growing plants in a valley like area were wind is not common the plant can spend more energy on producing larger leaves rather than thickening up those stems.
Here is another pic of the same plant.
I found his mixture of compost very interesting. I walked into the paths in his beds it seemed like we were walking on foam your feet would smoosh down a few inches with each step. I found the compost was not completely broken down, he dug in it with his hands and it was a mix of leaves sticks and black gold. Very airy and very water retentive. He showed me how his yard had a down hill slant into a ditch or valley like area and he started building a compost pile their to help get rid of the slant and to have a place to grow his plants. I looked at the bottom of the ditch he had at least 4 feet or more of compost we were standing. He was serious about his soil and composting. It has sense made me look into adding more and more compost into my beds which I have been working on for the last year or two.
Here is a pic of the commonly sold Colocasia esculenta. I have seen some big plants of this over the years but his was one of the nicest I have seen in many years.
Indiana?! Amazing! WOW, it's tremendous! Yours is, too! I need to rethink how I proceed with my mounded bed. More or all compost... I really may not have what I think the ideal light is for it there. I'll have to wait and see how the ice storm affected that area, once the trees leaf out. Not sure I can create a wind free area.... Hat's off to both you and your friend. NICE Esculenta, also. Thanks for sharing the pics and info.
Here's my puney thing at the end of last summer. Behind the amorph... (Brian, such a show off, lol) The leaves look like they are lacking in nitrogen, or something. I don't think it got enough filtered sun it likes and probably lost nutrients from watering so much, I think I did offer it super thrive a couple times; This guy is going in filtered sun and a big pile of compost w/rotted cow manure next summer. The corm or bulb has grown a lot, so I'll hope for bigger leaves, and dream of 5ft leaves. Seriously, Brian, Thanks for posting the pics and sharing about it, it gives us "Northerners" great hope.
OH, it's pretty! It's looks great, nice color. I've yet to get mine in the ground this year, it still has 2 or 3 small pups (I think) I'm trying to get all my plants where they need to go. I'm having some dirt hauled in for the foundation around my house, so I'll have them dump bucket or 2 for the "berm". I'll add manure, sand and at least 50-75% cotton burr mulch (is that what it's called?) cotton boll, cotton burr, anyway it is decomposed and ready to be used by the plants. Sounds like I could use 100% mulch, but it will be expensive enough at 50-75%. It will probably get a bit more sun than just filtered, too. Brian has urged me to get them in the ground, and I'm excited to incorporate the berm into my garden..I'll try to remember to snap some pics of before and after. Nice pic Grub! Jerry, how are all those seedlings coming along? I'm curious to see how they've progressed..(sorry, if you've posted them on another thread, I get caught up in specific threads and don't check back to see new posts often enough, busy time) Happy Growing Season to everyone!
My Picture up above was 4 feet long by 3 somethung wide Paul