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Alocasia polly plant care indoor garden
Alocasia polly plant care indoor garden
Care for alocasias. An alternative name for the Alocasia group is Bromeliads or Pitcher Plants. There is a tremendous selection of Alocasias to choose from. The genus is divided into two groups, Borneans and Tropicals.
Alocasia Species are usually a low to medium sized plant. Depending upon the variety and care they can get very large or small. The flower stalk is usually from 7 to 15" tall. They grow in full sun or light shade.
Alocasia Pollies, commonly called Pitcher Plant, are a favorite of mine because they make a very attractive small and medium size plant for a patio or small porch. They grow quite happily in a full sun spot in a well-drained soil mixture and can also be grown in a container or hanging basket.
Alocasia 'Pink Panther' is a small-leaved plant which is less commonly grown because of its small size. However, a larger variety, 'Astrid's', is a more commonly grown variety which has been hybridized. It has larger leaves and is an easy to grow plant which will tolerate a wider range of soil mixes than many others in the Alocasia family. There are a wide variety of Alocasia varieties to choose from and an even wider variety to be found on the internet. You can find most of the popular types listed here.
In a large container, one Alocasia plant will usually grow to 2-4' tall. In a small container or small patio pot, they will grow to only 8 inches or less in height.
They do like to have an abundance of water. Keep them constantly moist but not soggy.
The plants have been propagated and distributed by the following organizations, and may be available from nurseries and garden centers:
The Alocasia Plant Society is the largest Alocasia organization and was created with the stated purpose to promote the sale and use of Alocasia. It promotes the Alocasia as a food plant and also provides gardening information. It also gives information on Alocasia varieties and cultivars.
The University of California Department of Plant Sciences maintains the Alocasia Plant Germplasm Program at both Berkeley and Davis, California, and holds the largest variety of Alocasia in the world. All of the Alocasia plants growing in cultivation programs have been derived from the UC Davis Alocasia Collection. For more information visit the Alocasia Plant Germplasm Program Web site.
The UC Davis Alocasia Herbarium is a repository of Alocasia samples from around the world. Visit their site to view all of the collections.
The Horticulture Research Institute at the University of California, Davis also maintains a repository of Alocasia samples from around the world. Visit their site to view all of the collections.
In my garden I have a collection of Alocasia from many locations around the world. I like to have access to both Alocasia plants and Alocasia pictures. My favorite Alocasia is an antique Japanese type Alocasia from the Berkeley Horticultural Gardens that has been in my garden since I first moved to Santa Rosa, California.
I have also found an Alocasia of European type at an Asian Nursery at Santa Rosa. I love the shape and the deep red color of the flowers. I have a little pot of that on my desk at work.
On the side I have an Alocasia that I got from a local nursery in California. It's a type that produces lots of blossoms, and I have a little pot of that on my desk at work as well.
And then I have a couple of Alocasia leaves that I collected on a visit to the Alocasia Herb Garden at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.I'm not sure what type of Alocasia this is, but the photo below is of a very colorful leaf. This is a great find, and I hope to get one of those pretty Alocasas on my desk at work when I am back in Santa Rosa!
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