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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Colocasia esculenta syn. Colocasia antiquorum

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richard.spicer.7906

Not the most glamorous photo, but you can see where it gets it’s common name from 🐘 #elephantear #colocasia #colocasia-esculenta - coming on nicely 👍🏼

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Cazx

These seem to be the 'in' plant this year @richard.spicer.7906 I must get one ☝️ are these special mail order ?

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richard.spicer.7906

Yeah, I think I jumped on the fashion band wagon with these 😂😉 - I was actually surprised to pick this up at a hillier garden centre as a bulb (or should I say cricket ball sized bulb!) - never seen them before over here in U.K. so I bought it before I knew what to do with it. Anyway, little bit of research and it seems potentially possible to make it grow. I’ve bought another one from GWL which had already started growing, really nice blue-green leaf with cranberry coloured stems @Cazx

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Cazx

Missed these at gwl @richard.spicer.7906 but there was so much to see. As a bulb how long does it take to germinate? Hillier garden centres are too far away for me but will try our local Dobbies or Wyvale garden centre's they're dotted all around here

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clipperty

I bought a black one at Parham! I love it. Not planted yet and know it’s tender so will keep in the garage over winter

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richard.spicer.7906

It took aggggggggeeeesss 😫 - I bought and planted it in April and it only started poking through the soil about 6 weeks ago @Cazx

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lesliecole49

They don't like to be cold and they do take a long time to sprout. Mine put out 4 stalks the first year, you may need a bigger pot, Rich. @richard.spicer.7906 @Cazx also like lots of water

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kenan

will try to find one I like these plants @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

Lucky you @clipperty 😄 - I’ve seen a couple@at some shows recently but it’s not the black one I’m looking for. Not overly keen on the glossy ones and there is one which has a Matt effect 👌🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Leslie - thinking it might need to be pot on, only 2 leaves at the moment but the good thing is it still alive 😂 @lesliecole49

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richard.spicer.7906

They are new to me, but I’m already planning to get a couple more @kenan

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kenan

I see a lot of plants that I'm not used to meeting. I understand that you want other it's impressive ! @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

And today, 21st June 2018 - finally starting to sprout 😀, still not watered it yet but you can see how well the moisture has been kept in the original compost. I've changed the cling film now for a bag to allow it to grow a bit more, before I water it properly as it probably still doesn't have much root yet 👍🏼, I wouldn't want it to now suddenly rot! #colocasia #colocasia-esculenta #elephantear #taro #challengeyourself

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jeatacake

Nice one Rich 👌🐘

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linfoster

My mum loved these

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nej

Success at last!

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nej

Well done 👍

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks @nej 😀👍🏼 hopefully it will look great when the leaves show

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richard.spicer.7906

I saw many in Mexico Lin, that’s where I started to appreciate a likeness for them 😁 @linfoster

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richard.spicer.7906

Cheers Jeff - looking forward to the tropical look @jeatacake

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richard.spicer.7906

22nd April 2018 - potted up in a small pot, with moist potting compost straight from the bag, covered it with more compost so that it was just below the soil surface, not to compact, and then covered the pot with cling film. I haven't watered it at all, and the cling film was to act by keeping the existing moisture from the fresh compost within the container. All I did then was leave it in the polytunnel where it was warm and humid. Nothing else #colocasia #colocasia-esculenta #elephantear #taro

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Interesting......👌🏼

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terrimclaughlin

It’s a very large bulb do I think it’ll b ok in the pot?? Or are you transferring it into the ground later?? There’s a lot of interesting ideas on utube with these guys!! Good luck. Let us see how things go. 😊💕

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cyndi

Thats awesome

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Terri - not sure what the long term plan is but for now it will stay in this pot until I start to see the roots come through the bottom and then I’ll gradually increase the pot size. I think I’ll have to bring it indoors over the winter. A few YouTube vids talk about making it go dormant over winter and then starting it off again in spring. The standard taro can apparently be fine with this technique although some cultivars prefer to be in constant growth. @terrimclaughlin

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terrimclaughlin

I usually leave mine in the ground with about 2-3 inches of cedar mulch but if you have a big enough greenhouse or enclosure I’m sure it’ll do better in shelter. It seems like all mine that were wintered in the greenhouse did much better this spring/summer😊💕

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richard.spicer.7906

Aw, thanks for the tip Terri 🙏🏼 - it will certainly be a learning curve for me with this one 😊 @terrimclaughlin

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richard.spicer.7906

Here is how I planted it - trick is to keep soil moist but not water, cover it with cling film to keep the moisture in from the original compost (unless it was bone dry when you plant it) then remove when you see the first bud start to break. Just below soil level, not too deep 👍🏼 @Cazx

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richard.spicer.7906

21st April 2018 - visited a Hillier GC and saw they were selling these cricket ball size bulbs of Colocasia esculenta. It was only £3, which I thought was quite decent given the size of it, and although I had no knowledge on how to grow these plants I accepted the challenge! #bulb #colocasia #colocasia-esculenta #elephantear #taro #challengeyourself

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terrimclaughlin

I know there pretty tough. I pulled up a piece of a “Taro” and accidentally pulled up the whole bulb it was about 21/2-3 inches in diameter and gave it to @Hannahcristine and she planted it, it only had a few thin roots but it’s doing great now. Good luck I’m sure it’ll b great👍🏻👍🏻🤗😊💕

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Terri 😊🙏🏼 keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep it alive @terrimclaughlin

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