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Alocasia "Portodora" ("Portora")

Bluffton, SC(Zone 8b)

I have been gardening for a long time, but am new to Alocasias. I see a lot of conflicting information on light requirements for this plant. I have a beautiful large specimen in a pot that wintered on my sunny south facing back porch very well - but now I need to either repot it, or plant it out. I'm fond of this plant and don't want to damage it. Because of it's size, it was expensive.

Here is what I need help with: If I repot it, I will need to use a very large planter. I would prefer putting it directly into the garden, but the spot where I want to put it is in full sun. In a year or so, this spot will get afternoon shade from some young trees that I have planted, but for now the light will be quite strong. I am in zone 8b - borderline 9a close to Savannah, GA. Our summers are long and hot, and the sun is strong. Wind may also be a factor for the first few years until the rest of my trees and shrubs fill in (this is a new garden).

Does anyone else in the deep south have info to share on this plant?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Hi Joann. here is some info for you on care for your Alocasia portora, which was hybridized by LariAnn Garner, a member of DG. (this is her site)

Bluffton, SC(Zone 8b)

Thanks! LariAnn's plant looks to be in an area that's about as open as mine, so I'll give it a try. I've been gradually introducing it to stronger sun after it's winter on my porch, so it should be as ready as it ever will be. It's just so beautiful now, I think I'll cry if anything damages it. And thanks for the link to Brians Botanicals - that looks really interesting! (cha-ching! cha-ching!)

Also, I was reading some information that you gave earlier to someone else on frost damage to agaves. Since I'm new to growing agave in the ground, that was also very helpful. I would not have equated the spots in the photos with frost damage - good to know! Thanks again!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are most welcome Joann. You will find a wide variety of good info here.

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