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Old 12-06-2009, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Need advice on aroid corms

I helped a neighbor clean up his garden, today, and got to keep these Elephant Ear corms for all the work ! The corms are solid, not soft or squishy and he was just going to throw them away. Washed off all the dirt & cut off the top (soft & squishy) leaves & stems. But the corms are still kind of wet & cool. What should I do now?
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wait for them to dry, then pot them up into a fast-draining medium. Something at least 50% peat and bark is a good start.
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Thanx !! After I pot them up, should I just grow them as an indoor plant for the winter or leave them dry & let them go dormant?
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I was collecting some Arum tubers for Tog last year and there was last bunch waiting to be shipped whan he died so I put them in pot with some bad dirt just to be saved from the sun.
Last week I notice they all sprouted and some are allready 5-6cm high.
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Eric, I'd grow them as indoor plants. The tubers look like Colocasia of some sort; these don't normally have a dormant period in their natural range.
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this may sound crazy to ask I have one its pertty good size The big round part at the bottom should that be under the dirt ? Thanks Eric for starting this thread
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Yup, that's how it works. If they're Colocasia, there will be a fairly well-pronounced bulbous part and that's the bottom. If you have giant Alocasia, look for the direction the root hairs are growing - those should point down.
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Yup, that's how it works. If they're Colocasia, there will be a fairly well-pronounced bulbous part and that's the bottom. If you have giant Alocasia, look for the direction the root hairs are growing - those should point down.
thanks I better fix mine. I did not know I hope its ok. Thanks again
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Thanks for the info. I was going to try to let one go dormant, but will now pot it up. A giant Thailand that I would hate to lose.
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Eric, I'd grow them as indoor plants. The tubers look like Colocasia of some sort; these don't normally have a dormant period in their natural range.
Are you sure? You know better than I but .....bananas have no dormant period if it were me and had enough to spare I would experiment with different methods....... Just the same my Colocasia Gigantea is now growing in a similar medium as you reccomended. Pretty silly looking from the street in a small porch with such giant leaves
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Yes I'm sure! Colocaia in particular are also grown here, and they never go to sleep. You remember the whole conversation about the climate and conditions in Tog's jungles being almost exactly the same as mine? They didn't go dormant for him, either. It's the European and North American aroids that have dormancy periods, not the Asian and South American ones!
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Some Colocasias will go dormant. They sell them as bare bulbs every spring in garden centers everywhere. The best way seems to be to put them in dry peat in a sealed plastic bag with just a few holes punched in. That should keep them from being too dry or moist. If you want to be extra careful you can give them a breif soak in mid winter to re-hydrate them and then store them as previously described. Not all Colocasia will overwinter like this, but some will. In fact, you could just go ahead and plant them outside in a shallow hole and put about a foot of mulch over them.
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Yes, but that's forced dormancy, not natural dormancy.
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