I have some EE just like that! Thankfully, I don't have to dig them. They die down to the ground and come back when the ground warms up in the spring. Do they have a special name? Bought the bulb at a nearby nursery 3 years ago. It must have weighed 3-4 pounds itself. Now it has multiplied several times. Last year had to get the yard crew to dig and divide it. I don't know how in the world you ever do that by yourself. It took two guys here. So excited that I have something that Don does. Does that make us cousins?
So do I have a taro plant? Everything here is just called elephant ear and until DG I didn't know there was any difference. Obviously, I still don't. Lesson, please, or point me in the direction to learn.
Chrissy is that the plant from Hawaii that is hard to come by,not sure about the spelling by Brigham,something like that,it has white flowers,I believe it grows in the higher elevation there,off the cliffs.
Pudgie,thats what little red riding hood said tooo!!!LOL
Lou,taro ears points down to the ground,where Alocasia ears point to the heavens!!!
I'd like to try the alocasia robusta or Gigantum ,those leaves get 12 ft long and half as much as wide,huge ears,well maybe not,would have to build a bigger greenhouse!!!
There's a post concerning these beauties in the Aroid forum:
Aroids: Wonderful NEW EE'S from LARI ANN at AROIDIA RESEARCH
I keep lusting after these EE every time I pass by a house up the street. I'm like you, LouC, they are all EE. Kinda like my hubby thinking every cat with blue eyes is a Siamese. LOL I'm still learning...
Rann, They are the easiest thing I have to grow. Really take care of themselves are are so showie. After the first year, you have more from the same start and they can be spread quickly. The $8.00 I gave for the bulb like Tman's ears has given back 10 fold.
Just plant in the spring after the ground is warm and it will do it's thing from now on.
The nursery near me has them for $5, hubby has banned me from shopping until next year LOL! I have about 20 + plants to bring inside for winter. Funny thing is, he brings me plants all the time that customers give him, so he's helping my addiction.
Thanks for the info, I will try them :)
In your zone you wouldn't have to bring them in. Plant now before the first frost. They will die down but just cover with newspaper and mulch to protect the roots. Don't cut the tops yet. That is a bargain and you can see just what you have while they have "ears". Mine all started from the bulb and I didn't have a clue what they would be. Didn't know until yesterday why some reach for the sky and some droop to the ground. Doesn't really matter...I love them all. Or you could put the nursery pots together in the garage and just sort of wad newspaper all around the sides and top to protect the root. There are a lot of experts here...some posting...some lurking. My directions are terrible. Maybe this will urge someone to give you the real scoop.
Hi there has been chat about storing stuff in the cold ...if you can fit the pots into polystyrene boxes from the fruit shops they insulate.
Hpe everyone is enjoying the gradual cooling of the weather while we get ready to roast... augh!!!.That's why I like lots of shelter and greenery ...I don't do the heat well.
Yes Katiebear, most if not part of all ee's are poisonous, or can cause skin irritations at the least. Obviously there is some way of getting the taro to an edible stage, since many people eat that, but without knowing for certain what you have, I would not suggest trying it.
Did not know about the skin irritations...I look like a child with all kinds of bites, rashes, bumps...you name it. Possible that some of the rashes come from the many EE's I have.
If there is anything in the garden that would possibly bite, it finds me...even with 95% deet.
Have any of you grown Giant' (Aroid Plant)
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Alocasia ‘Borneo Giant’
Alocasia ‘Borneo Giant’ - Leaves on this huge plant can reach 6 feet across and over 12 feet long! This very cool elephant ears thick- sculpted, glossy-green leaves are held upright on dramatically rigid stems. Stops visitors in their tracks! Likes shade. Zones 9 and higher.
Ships in 5 inch plastic nursery pot. 10 to 12 inches in height.
Both EE's and caladiums break me out just like poison ivy for about one hour if i get a lot of the juce on me. I've eaten POI and UGH. is the right word for it! My Borneo Giant leaves are 60ins. long, 50ins. wide.but are really small and tiny compared to those in Florida and the tropics. Jerry
Tahitian poi is actually very good, sweet ...almost like a pudding - but made from breadfruit not taro. I simply can't tolerate Hawaiian poi...I'm always astonished seeing people eat it. Must be an acquired taste.
You guys - poi tastes like nothing! It's just got a horrible texture, sort of like wallpaper paste as they say...Living here you have to get to tolerate it, every lu'au you go to in people's homes poi is served and it is made with loving care usually by the Auntie. You really can't not eat it...
Poi is made with three different thickness, one finger, two finger, three finger...Thats right - guess how you eat it!
Another angle of the hoja santa...root beer...could be the same as horehound. I really don't know. Smells like root beer or sassafras. They told us to wrap a leaf around fish and either grill or steam. Haven't tried it yet. Lots of pups coming up around it.
LouC those EE are pretty! We have a row of cedars beside the house along a fence acting as a windbarrier. Some of them are leaning and I told hubby maybe we should cut them down and plant the upright EE's in their place LOL!
I have never heard of root beer plant either. Something new for me to look for.
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Would you believe those are the exact same programs that I run? Next door neighbor is a programmer and he finally came over and did whatever it is that he does. Back up. Don, you made me laugh out loud. ROFLOL. Thought I would never figure out what that meant.
Good day in the neighborhood.
Tks for the information, Jim. Helps to know I have good protection. Think I got the recommendation from PC World magazine. I don't know how but I get it every month. didn't even subscribe.
Tks, Have been dragging out all my really old things that should have been pitched a long time ago. Mibus2 posted the funniest thing I have ever read. Just d-mailed her because I can't find it. Maybe she will answer tonight.
Speaking of funny...this is long, but more than worth the read...have fun everyone!
If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet
syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the
story below will have you laughing out LOUD!
Overview: I had to take my son's lizard to the vet.
Here's what happened:
Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was
"something wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in
his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm
serious, Dad. Can you help?" I put my best lizard-healer expression on my
face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was
indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what
"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"
"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies."
"What?" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"
I was equally outraged.
"Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to
reproduce," I said accusingly to my wife.
"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she inquired (I think she
actually said this sarcastically!)
"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!"
I reminded her, (in my most loving, calm, sweet & non-conspicuous voice, while
gritting my teeth).
"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.
"Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know," she informed me (Again with the sarcasm!).
By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on.
I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it. "Kids, this is going to
be a wondrous experience," I announced. "We're about to witness the
miracle of birth."
"Oh, gross!" they shrieked.
"Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know. We peered at the patient. After much struggling,
what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.
"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.
"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.
"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.
"Okay, okay." Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when
it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.
"Should I call 911?" my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they could talk us through the trauma." (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)
"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly.
We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.
"Breathe, Ernie, breathe," he urged.
"I don't think lizards do Lamaze," his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)
The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.
"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.
"Oh, very interesting," he murmured.
"Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.
"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.
"Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen. . . Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um . . um . masturbate. Just the way he did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife.
We were silent, absorbing this. "So, Ernie's just . just . . excited," my wife offered.
"Exactly," the vet replied , relieved that we understood.
Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.
"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness.
Tears were now running down her face. "It's just that ... I'm picturing you pulling on its . its. . . teeny little .. She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.
"That's enough," I warned.
We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the lizard and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going to be okay.
"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did, Dad," he told me.
"Oh, you have NO idea," my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter!"
Two lizards: $140.
One cage: $50.
Trip to the vet: $30.
Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's winkie:
Moral of the story: Pay attention in biology class. Lizards lay eggs!
Well I don't know if LOuC is on or not she hasn't replied to me since I answered her and since I popped over to look at pictures and dream of being on an island somewhere and ran across this thread I will post it for her.
but I have to admit that was a great laugh reading the lizard story only in my house it would have been me doing it not my husband
for fun who all can read the following and understand what it says??????
Brain Stuff . . >From Cambridge University .
O lny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
oh hohohohohahahheheh I went to bed too early. Shari, do you and JB have lizards? hahahaha
Don, The was my poor attempt to mimic. s/b worse than pig latin. I could easily read Phyllis's paragraph. Guess I'm just not brilliant enough to copy it. Still makes me laugh out loud. The hibiscus is beautiful. I have a very large tropical outside and have decided not to dig and pot. Bought a special kind of freeze blanket at HD. Will probably put Christmas lights on it and cover when we have the worst of our three day winter.
Just ran across a picture of the hibiscus. It was planted in a very large bowl shaped planter for a long time. Don't know how it came about but there are two root systems entangled. One is double red and the other is yellow. Makes a very interesting bloom time. Still blooming several a day.
Keep your eyes out all, in a while an article I wrote on Tropical Hibiscus will be published and you'll see how easy they are to grow. Such beauties!
Mibus 2 - I had a physcology prof in college that gave a final exam entirely printed like that to proof his point of "we see what we expect to see". Made a big impression on me - probably why I enjoy those 3-D pictures and MC Esher paintings. Ha ha.
Christi - glad you enjoyed the lizard story...I laugh every time I think about it.
I brought my two hibiscus plants in tonight since they say we may have a frost don't want to lose them they both have buds on them again BUT I LOVE the pictures y'all are posting ...
Tropicman now that you have told me what they are I am going to have to go looking for them lol
Braveheartsmom wow that is a big flower just beautiful!!!
(pouts) I wanna have a greenhouse so I can grow such lovely flowers year round LOL
almost forgot we were talking about pets and different ones at work today and I mentioned the lizard story and my boss got a good chuckle out of it too
I have gotten that lizard story by email a few times. It is a good one. lol
I have a new plant in my collection now. A passiflora colinvauxii. Someone brought them into work one day and said free to good homes. Since I have heard all about them I had to grab one. It is now sitting in front of my southern facing window which I keep the blinds closed on most days so it don't get burned.
Pepper, I've followed you around for over a year now. I have never known where you work...or rather what kind of work. Obviously, it is wonderful because you are involved with plants. That would be great for all of us plant addicts. Good on you.
And your already cold enough to cover your Hibiscus?Gonna be a long winter!!!!
BH,Goes great with Franks shirt!!!!LOL
M2,sunny window will keep them blooming thru the winter as well!
Pepper,exactly where do you work?Haven't heard of that passie,what color of flower might that be?
Shari,can't wait to read your hibiscus article!
HAHAHAHAH no...Pep gets down in the mud with the plants. Actually I don't know, but I do know that she works her tail off lifting and toting, and getting all costumed up. Without the lifting and toting it would sure be a wonderful job for me! Lucky girl!
Oh, that's only a small part of the waterfall. I don't get to listen to it because it is in the woods and I am very rarely in there. It actually gonna be shut off pretty soon because we don't want to bust any pipes this winter. The chances of that happening are high because we keep swinging from 60s to 20s regularly.
Yep, you described it perfectly. There is another one that is similar that is called Thorncrown. Designed by the same architect. It is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Never been there though I have heard of it.