Alocasia reginula, one of the "Jewels"

tropicbreezentJune 9, 2013

I put the fern in below the Alocasias and thought the whole setting warranted a photo. The Alocasias are in a curved, hollow log that's got a long hole on the outside of the curve. I put a whole lot of limestone gravel into the log which now is what you might call the "potting mix". The fern is also in a hollow log filled with old charcoal and some humus.

These Alocasias grow naturally in rainforest on limestone rocks or outcrops. Strictly speaking they're a lithophyte. They're one of a group of Alocasias called "Jewel Alocasias". When I originally bought some they were labelled "Alocasia". So the fern below fits in well, it's label just said "Fern". Sort of makes it like an orphans home, LOL.

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coxy(6)

very nice!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 9:24PM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Very nice indeed!
I been hunting a black velvet for some time now, no luck tho

Where did u get it from?

I'm thinking if they take off, that log will vanish under leaves

Do you think keep from going dormant? I forget how cold it gets there...

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 1:43PM
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petrushka

great planting, so natural.
I saw blk velvet here:
http://www.floridahillnursery.com/alocasia-elephant-ear-plants-c-12/alocasia-black-velvet-elephant-ear-plant-p-246
but they are sold out naturally...

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 4:50PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Is this what I have in the upper right of the pic?? found it in the shadehouse being smothered by gingers . has just started to regrow after moving into the regular garden Thanks gary

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 4:30AM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

Nope Gary, that green velvet...A. Frydek

It also has a much longer botanical name too!

It's a great plant, way tougher than it looks!

If u repot it yearly, u will be overwhelmed by the offset in a few year, great fodder for trading!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 11:33AM
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tropicbreezent

Thanks for the comments everyone.

There must be someone mass propagating them, the local big store (Bunnings) that has a nursery section has lots of them all the time. They're about $8 or $9.

I find they only seem to go dormant if they dry out too much, and then they're erratic in coming back. Before I knew anything about them I had one go dormant and assumed it had died. The pot got left in a back corner and about 3 years later it decided to pop up again.

Since then I've done a bit of research on them and have collected a few different Jewel Alocasias. I've been experimenting with setting them up in different ways and this (on the wood) seems to be the best so far. The wood stays moist for longer without being soggy. They hate being too wet, although our heavy rain during the wet season doesn't worry them at all, provided drainage is good.

They were also okay in a pot with mostly larger gravel (about 10 to 15 mm diameter). What didn't work well was when I built up a rockery from limestone and put some in that. I think it was too dry, they went dormant too quickly. Probably should have set up the automatic irrigation better and then might have got better results.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 4:43AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Grab
Thanks for the ID. i'm in the process of redoing the grow area as Frances Jeanne and Wilma wiped out the entire canopy as well as the shadehouse .Repaired the shadehouse , as orchids always come first during disasters lol trying some different methods of culture as the canopy has returned and I like the way it looks !!
Amazing what was growing in the shadehouse that I'd forgotten about lol gary

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 5:08AM
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christine1950

Looks great, I like the way you combined them, they really compliment each other.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:36AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
i like it very much . Mind if I steal (borrow ) the idea? lol
discovered i have over 25 kind of aroids when I cleaned the shadehouse . About all I've done so far is move the pots lol Landscaping has always been my weak point but i am regrouping lol
You might be able to add some more kinds to that?? Since you don't have to worry about cold there should be many more?? gary

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 6:21AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

"Jewel" is an affectionate name given to this group of alocasias by LariAnn Garner. Per Garner in the article linked below, "This story is an account of my introduction to the beautiful and heartbreaking world of what I have come to call the Jewel Alocasias."

Carol in Jacksonville

Here is a link that might be useful: The Jewel Alocasias - An introduction to these diminutive beauties

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 4:41PM
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