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Alocasia zebrina

Discussion in 'COMPANION PLANTS - TROPICAL & SUBTROPICAL' started by MattyB, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. MattyB

    MattyB Moderator

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    We were talking about germinating Ti plants from seed in another thread. Well here's one that I germinated from seed that I never thought would go.
    Alocasia zebrina. Anyone else growing these? Ever germinated a seed? Mother plant was growing at Dean's place in Kona.
     

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  2. aussiearoids

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    Well done Matt , I have grown Alocasias from seed a few times . It is not common to get seeds , especially out of the tropics , so many people never see seed . Unless they go out of the way to pollinate their plants .
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Good job Matty. I have to admit I am a little surprised. I guess I need to be more alert and plant some seeds myself.
     
  4. Metalfan

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    I have one that I've had for years
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  5. aussiearoids

    aussiearoids Member

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    A few of the old hybrid A.x Calidora I have growing have been setting heaps of seed . I grew a few batches last year and will do some more this year. Even done a few hybrids as so many others are flowering .. put portora pollen onto portei and vica versa also put portei onto calidora . Heres a bunch of infructesences I picked yesterday .:D
     

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  6. Palmmermaid

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    Matty,

    Lovely plant! I don't have that one. I was able to grow A. gigantea from seed. I think that is the right species. It is easy. Almost 100% germination.
     
  7. MattyB

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    Anyone have any clue how low of temps these can take?
     
  8. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    I have tried a few up here. They never seem to get any bigger than when I bought them. They go semi-dormant, and then when they grow back again, they are never as robust as when purchased.

    It may not be the lack of full tropical heat where I am, but then again it may be. If it is, that wouldn't bode too well for Manabe Lavaka. :D
     
  9. MattyB

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    Hmmmmm, it seems to grow well in the unheated greenhouse here. No ill effects from the cold. That's multiple nights in the low 40's in the greenhouse. Just potted it up to a 2 gallon. It had roots encircling the 6" pot it was in so it was ready. I guess the consistant daytime heating of the greenhouse has kept it afloat. I'll plant it out once I get irrigation all set up.
     
  10. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Matt,
    I was referring to the one that Metal Fan posted. That is the one that gives me a little trouble. If you notice, the one she posted has real 'mosiac' type leaves. There are several that have those stripped petioles, hence the name 'zebrina.' So so confusion prevails.

    The one she posted is called A. tigrina over here. The one you have does much better for me than that one.
     
  11. MattyB

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    ohhhhh, I was wondering when I was gonna see those cool leaves, but come to think of it your plant that I collected the seed off of didn't have that either.
     
  12. Dypsisdean

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    I think if you will notice that the leaf shape is not the same either. The 'zebrina' one is more rounded, and the 'tigrina' one is a more pointed arrow shape.
     
  13. ariscott

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    You need to find A. 'stingray', Dean. Now that is hard to keep alive!! Or maybe it is just me...

    Regards, Ari :)
     
  14. Dypsisdean

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    No fair Ari. You mentioned a cool plant and didn't post a pic. :D
     
  15. ariscott

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    Mine has disappeared.... so I can't take pics. Hopefully it will come back next year.

    Regards, Ari :)
     
  16. Moose

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    Matt - let us see an updated photo.

    Alocasia "Stingray" I got from Steve Nock last year. It survived when it hit 37 F a couple of nights. Of couse it was under a heavy tree canopy. Just recently stepped it up into a large clay pot. Alocasia is famous for attracting nematodes in South Florida. Gotta keep them potted up. :)
     
  17. putu enjula

    putu enjula Well-Known Member

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    I had two stingray that I bought from walmart of all places and I have no idea where they are now! I don't think we ever planted them and they are out in one of the container ranches. So I guess ours disappeared too. So they die down or..?
     
  18. Moose

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    Angela - They should not die in tropical conditions. What are your overnight lows? If they were exposed constantly to 50-60 F, overtime there may have been some shrinkage. :confused: Although they are tropical, they may prefer to hit some warmer conditions. Mine is seeing 90's F the last two months.
     
  19. putu enjula

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    Yeah maybe it is too cold here :(
     
  20. Moose

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    Alocasia Stingray that I got from Steve Nock. :)
     

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