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Can you help give the full scientific name of my Alocasia? Just bought them from Sinflora on Monday at $88 each

#1 User is offline   Rich 

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:41 PM

Thanks a lot! Suddenly I got this thing for "giant" leaves! :P/>

BTW, in case you are worried about the few pots of bonsai on the ledge of the wall on the right side of the photo, rest assured they won't fall onto anyone downstairs as the other side of the wall is actually my own maintenance area.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/wowoweng/IMG_7264.jpg

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 05:43 PM

Just hazarding a guess here... could it be Alocasia odora, commonly known as "Giant Elephant's Ear"?

Pots look inadequately small though...
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:23 PM

Hi Rich,

What you got is likely to be the common Elephant's Ears, the most common species being Alocasia macrorrhizos.

You are growing the plants on a roof-top garden? I would suggest that you report them in bigger earthernware pots for better stability against the strong winds.

I have an additional worry for you - the strong winds may cause the large leaves to tear as they tend to catch the wind. Anywhere that you can shift them to where it is more sheltered?

Wilson
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:45 PM

View Postwilson, on Mar 27 2008, 07:23 PM, said:

Hi Rich,

What you got is likely to be the common Elephant's Ears, the most common species being Alocasia macrorrhizos.

You are growing the plants on a roof-top garden? I would suggest that you report them in bigger earthernware pots for better stability against the strong winds.

I have an additional worry for you - the strong winds may cause the large leaves to tear as they tend to catch the wind. Anywhere that you can shift them to where it is more sheltered?

Wilson


Thanks Philip and Wilson. Yes, you are right. The strong winds are a big concern. They destroyed a nice banana tree that I had previously. The leaves kept tearing up and in the end, the tree died.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/wowoweng/IMG_7377.jpg

I have just shifted both the Elephant Ears to a more sheltered place, inside the planter as shown in the next two pics.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/wowoweng/IMG_7427.jpg

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/wowoweng/IMG_7426.jpg

Hopefully, the leaves won't tear that much. I will go looking for bigger earthernware pots, probably tomorrow, to repot them.

Once again, thanks for your comments.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 03:31 AM

If you like alocasia, there are many species available in Singapore's nurseries and prices range from $4- $100++ depending on species and sizes.

Alocasias are very easy to care for, just don't overwater. Your alocasia should be quite hardy.

All the best!

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:30 AM

beware of spidermites as you alocasia is near to the white wall.
think you should change the pot. pls note alocasia love rich soil.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 03:55 PM

Thanks bros for all your helpful advice.

Now I really itchy backside - Sinflora selling Yellow Alocasia at $120 per pot. Very yellow looking.

Any comment? To get or not? Feel like getting 3 pots to put on my empty 16 feet by 4 feet balcony.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:41 PM

that is alocasia lutea. can try pioneer. call before going as it is really really far.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:54 PM

hmmmm, world farm may have. again pls called them.
do take note that like the normal alocasia macrorrhizos you have, it will grow very very big.

alocasia lutea

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/Picture123.jpg

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/IMG_2462.jpg

alocasia macrorrhizos

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/Picture002.jpg

if you are collecting alocasia, i would suggest the following
alocasia guinea.
but it won't grow as big.

alocasia guinea.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/Picture046.jpg

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/Picture178.jpg

alocasia stingray, this will grow as big as the macrorhizos

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/CIMG0300.jpg

alocasia black stem, can get it at world farm & pioneer, a rather common one

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/ferns/IMG_2461.jpg

last & not least, like what amos said don't over water them.

have fun & good luck.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 02:56 PM

Pino

Thanks for showing me so many varieties of Alocasia. Eye opener indeed!

I just noticed something about my bigger Alocasia. It originally has three leaves. Now a new leaf is emerging and I noticed that the stalk of the lowest leaf is being to "crumple", ie it is not as smooth and rounded and hard.

Is this the way Alocasias grow? Does this means that each Alocasia will always have only three leaves? Or in my case, it is just that the lowest leaf is going to die off?

As for the smaller Alocasia, it has four leaves but one of them is now completely yellow and is dying as well.

Would appreciate any comment. Thanks! :)/>
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:16 AM

The golden splotched form of Alocasia macrorrhizos is called New Guinea Gold , it was introduced into cultivation by a friend of mine and was collected on an Island above PNG . The larger species are hard to keep looking good in pot cultivation , and I am very impressed with the size of some of the ones pictured here .
When they flower , growth of leaves slows down and often the new leaves are distorted.
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 12:24 PM

hi i am not a expert in this area, what i suspect is the growing environment & the condition & the soils.

if you have observe the alocasia around thomson or PIE, you will notice that most of them have more then 4 leaves.
some of mine may have 5 leaves occasionally....
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 10:37 PM

Alocasia will grow to full potential if you throw them on the ground. In pots, they will never be so big, not matter how big your pot is. I have many Alocasias growing weakly on pots but once I throw an offset on the floor...boom...they seem to mutate to another giant species. This happens even to rarer ones like A. boa so me thinks its pretty universal for these guys.

btw, I got the A. portei and A. macrorhizos black stem more than 2 metres tall. Anybody keen to bring back ? Its too gigantic for me but will make good specimens almost instantly. Not free but very cheap.... I promise, but you need a big car.... actually you do not, they grow well from the tubers too.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:41 PM

View PostOr Or, on Apr 6 2008, 10:37 PM, said:

Alocasia will grow to full potential if you throw them on the ground. In pots, they will never be so big, not matter how big your pot is. I have many Alocasias growing weakly on pots but once I throw an offset on the floor...boom...they seem to mutate to another giant species. This happens even to rarer ones like A. boa so me thinks its pretty universal for these guys.

btw, I got the A. portei and A. macrorhizos black stem more than 2 metres tall. Anybody keen to bring back ? Its too gigantic for me but will make good specimens almost instantly. Not free but very cheap.... I promise, but you need a big car.... actually you do not, they grow well from the tubers too.


http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa294/wowoweng/IMG_8979.jpg

Do Elephant Ears produce fruits? Is this a fruit? The brownish thing is what's left of the yellow stalk of flower produced.
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