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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.
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?
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...
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?
Here is mine from the summer. It didn't get as big as I thought it would, and I don't think it liked the full sun it was in. Also it put up alot of flowers when I wanted it to be putting out big leaves. I wonder if cutting off the bloom will make it go back to growing?
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
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..
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.
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.
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!
Hey AuntB mine is just comming back up. I worried as I put it in the ground in Oct. and did not know how it would do or survive. I called PDN and ran over and got it . It was small when I planted it but we will see how it does.
What kind of food do you put around it? What is mixed in the compost?
It is barkish like compost from a Burr Oak tree, I think.. LavinaMae... Lowe's carries it, but they are always out. I don't have a bag of it right now It's cotton burr or boll compost mulch, it looks like rotten bark and dirt (smells good, too :) . I remember the bag saying it can be used as potting/planting medium or as a top dress as mulch...it has been "processed" so that it's broken down, ready to be absorbed by plants. I've used it both ways, and I like it as a component to my planting medium. I don't really feed mine, maybe some fish emulsion or liquid seaweed, or super-thrive 1 or 2X a year and epsom salt when they start looking like they need nitrogen in mid to late summer.. So I'm hoping the new home and meal plan produces some nice color and size, I hope it becomes a spectacle. I may not allow it to bloom this year to see if it's needs a break from re-producing so it can provide more bigger leaves.. I'd like to travel to my uncle's cattle ranch and get well-aged manure from his pens, but that is about a 120 mile trip and I really don't have an extra day to spare. Once things are growing and I have more time I'll make the trip and add it in.. so for now I will buy some from the box store (I read it is about 10% the nutrients of "real" aged farm manure). The bulb or corm has grown a lot, so I've got my fingers crossed for some big ear pics myself, later on. It will be dug in Fall to winter over, growing (staying alive and putting out a leaf once in a while) in my basement. I love seeing everyone's pics, Paul we need a soda can or dollar bill or something next to it, to compare...;) Rita's look as tall as her!
Schickenlady, I think it looks huge! We have to work harder to keep ours up north here, right? I figure if I can keep the same plant alive through winter, over and over and over... that's enough for me, any size they get is a bonus... Paul, you are the center of an EE flower! Nice.
I need to get mine out of that pot and into a bigger one with fresh potting mix. Guess it'll be planted in the mound next Spring. Mine looks lime green... I've given epsom salts and still light green, it has bloomed this year. You guy's look great!
I've really gotten into EE this year myself. Here's two of mine. I was told the first is a Mac and the second a Gigantea. Both had huge leaves a few weeks ago, but the Col. Gigantea bloomed (twice with 5 blooms each) and that made the leaves a tad smaller. Still beautiful additions to the yard though. The Mac especially took off in the back after it was in the ground.
Hopefully I was able to pollinate this one. It looks like the seed pods are producing something, so I'll know soon. I also obtained a Borneo Giant this year, but I think it was blocked from the sun too much and didn't get a lot of water - it has hardly grown at all. So I've dug it back up and put it in a decent sized pot. It was a small plant to begin with, so maybe next year it'll do better after it's more established. I had high hopes for it.
keonikale, I think we got you hooked on EE's and that's a good thing i think. You can'nt have to many EE's in a tropical garden! My Borneo's did'nt grow very much for their first year or two and they took off and up they went. My Col. Thailand was giant last summer and this yr. its leaves are no larger than a caladium. This week it has rained for the first time in 8 weeks. It has been a very HOT and dry summer. But the plants are already looking better and getting larger. My Col. Thai. from last summer. Jerry
I'm going to definitely try and bring in a few, but unfortunately I don't have the room for all of them. It's going to be a tightly packed winter as it is now. The bulbs on a few of my Odoras should mean big plants each year regardless, but hopefully the new Mac and Gigantea will also come back strong next year. I did put a few new Odora bulbs too close to trees this year and I think they're competing, and thus not growing as much as I'd hoped. The bulbs were huge, 4 fists or so. Two are giant now, but the other two in the "woods" are much smaller.
I do always hate having to wait for them to get going though in the Spring, I get worried they didn't make it through the winter for a few weeks - and then, finally, I see them sprout.