Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ Plus…

Hello folks! It has been 11 days since I posted about the first flower from the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. Now there are six coming from the SAME petiole. I am anxious to see how many it will have produced when it is finished.  I measured the longest one, from the sheath to the top and it is 14″ long.

 

I guess next spring I am going to need to give it more room, especially since it will be the second year and it is likely to grow even larger. Well, considering they can grow to at least 9′. As you can see, the wind whacking the leaf on the left against the porch tore it half off.

 

I also noticed a new group of flowers starting from a different petiole!

 

Nature is truly an amazing thing. All six flowers have come from the same petiole.

 

As with many members of the Araceae Family, a single leaf is formed from each petiole and a new one emerges from the previous one. The sheath just kind of splits open and out pops the new petiole and leaf.

 

I noticed this male Walking Stick on one of the newer leaves on the farthest Colocasia esculenta. I wasn’t sure if it was a Northern Walking Stick (Diapheromera femorata) or a Giant Walking Stick (Megaphasma denticrus). I measured this critter and it is 5″ long, or is it? Walking sticks have 3 pairs of legs but they move their front legs alongside their antenna to make themselves appear longer. Ummm… I can only see… GEEZ! Now I know what is wrong!!! It is upside down! So, it definitely isn’t 5″ long, it is only approximately 3″ long which definitely makes it a Northern Walking Stick. Where the legs attach to the thorax is called a coxa, similar to our hip. The distance from the first pair of coxa to the head is very short. SO, if you look at the photo you can see the first pair of coxa but no legs. That is because they are alongside the antenna. The front legs appear to be about 2 1/4″ long.

 

The Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) had to move her web when the leaf on the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ got too low. She was under it. I took this photo a few days ago but she was still there this morning, The other one is still alive and well in the shrubs along the front of the house.

While I am taking photos I just as well go see what she is doing.

 

Well, what do you know? She moved her web so now it is attached to the grass out in the yard. I am not sure if that was a good idea or not because now she is more in the open for predators.

Now that I am out here with the camera…

 

Just as well show you what happened with the huge 36″ wide Marigold ‘Brocade’. Looks like someone sat on it, but it just became so heavy with flowers that the branches couldn’t hold them up anymore. Luckily the branches just bent over instead of breaking.

 

The Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ are blooming themselves silly.

Oh yeah, I wanted to show you a few more flowers in “the other yard”.

 

The Mammillaria pringlei is at it AGAIN… This is one of “those” times when you don’t want to smell the flowers.

 

Now the Mammillaria rhodantha also has a few buds. This is the first time flowering!

 

The Tradescantia sillamontana is also starting to flower.

 

Dad was on the porch smoking his pipe when I was finished taking photos and he pointed out there was a baby tree frog sitting on the axis of a Colocasia esculenta leaf. OK, he didn’t really say it like that. He just said “that leaf”.

 

Then when I went back out later to find the Walking Stick again, I saw another one sitting inside an open sheath on a petiole of the other Colocasia esculenta. Sometimes those little guys are hard to photograph! We have a lot of tree frogs and you just never know where you will find them.

Then later on in the afternoon…

 

I found this poor dead snake in front of the driveway. I may have run over it when I drove out of the driveway earlier, or perhaps someone else ran over it. Whoever did it, it is dead. I see very few snakes here, mainly the Eastern Garter Snake. I think the dead snake is a Great Plains Rat Snake (Pantherophis emoryi). It is 13 1/2″ long and would have grown to 24-36″ at maturity.

Well, that’s it for this post. I have been continually working on the plant pages on the right and have finally finished with all the bulb, tubers and rhizome plants through the Curcuma petiolata (Hidden Ginger). It took a while to get the Colocasia pages finished. Well, a few pages will never be finished as they are a continual work in progress as I take more photos.

SO, for now, take care, stay healthy, positive, prosperous and GET DIRTY!!!

 

More Flowers, A Murder, and Tillandsia

Hello folks! This morning I noticed there were two flowers on the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. So, I went inside to get the camera so I could take a shot. To my surprise, there is a third one peeking out…

 

The bulb of the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ is getting HUGE

 

So is the one on the largest Colocasia esculenta. If it keeps growing, it will be as big as they were in Mississippi!

 

I went back out in the afternoon and took another photo. What is really weird is that all three flowers are growing from the same petiole… An older petiole to boot! Right out of the sheath where a petiole grew from before!

Colocasia slow down their leaf production as the day length decreases to focus their energy on flowers and seeds. The bulbs swell more and their roots start dying off as they start to prepare for a rest period. While the Colocasia esculenta have not flowered since I have been back to Missouri (that’s 5 summers!), they produced A LOT when I was living at the mansion in Mississippi. The Alocasia do flower and have seeds, though, all summer long, especially the Alocasia ‘Calidora’. Then, I carry them to the basement for the winter, pots and all. The Colocasia bulbs will be lifted after they get a “F”.

When Kate commented on the last post, or the one before, she mentioned that her Alocasia macrorrhizos slows down during the dry season. I found out online even though they don’t completely go dormant in tropical climates, they do this “pseudo-dormancy” thing where they do rest during the dry season. What tropical plants do in nature depends on the type of plant it is, too. Some, plants, such as Pitcher Plants, can even be out in the refrigerator for a while. If you don’t allow some of the tropicals to go dormant, they will wear out and die. I am glad we don’t have to do that with Alocasia!

 

Well, I don’t know what to say. The evidence speaks for itself… Although she is very small, the Argiope aurantia, umm…. Well, it looks to me like she had a visitor. She either didn’t like him from the first or their courtship was deadly. Either way, she murdered him… She is the smallest of the two, her body only measuring around 1-1 1/4″. The big one that went MIA as at least twice the size. I haven’t seen any evidence of the other one having a caller yet…

 

When I went to buy potting soil from Lowe’s in August they had quite a few Tillandsia. You know, the “air plants”. They had several individual plants in bags or you could buy them in their little pots. They also had some in magnetic pots you could stick on the side of the refrigerator. I thought that was pretty neat, but I thought surely I could find something better.

I bought two of the individual plants and the potting soil then headed out the door… Dad came with me and was waiting in the car and I am sure he was wondering what was taking me so long. But, he needs to realize that even though I go to Lowe’s for a specific reason, my subconscious mind always has it’s own hidden agenda. Actually, maybe it is my conscious mind, or maybe they are both in agreement. Anyway, when I get into Lowe’s, I get what I need then I get sidetracked. OK, I will be honest. I didn’t get sidetracked. I purposely looked at the plants and they just happened to have these poor little epiphytes. SO, I had to do my duty and rescue a couple.

When I got back to the car, I put the potting soil in the trunk and put the other bag into the back seat while dad wasn’t noticing. I knew if he saw what I bought he would have pity on them and tell me to go back and buy the rest. Ok, that wasn’t the reason…

These are the first Tillandsia I have ever had for companions. Being epiphytes, they grow in tropical climates in trees without soil. They live on the moisture from the air. You don’t have to provide soil, just ample bright indirect light and mist them 1-2 times per week.

I brought them home, having no idea what I was going to do with them. I gave them a good misting and put them in a saucer on a dresser in my bedroom. I walk past them several times a day and assure them I haven’t forgotten about them. By now, I figured they would have learned some sort of sign language, but they just tell me they are doing just fine like they are. I told them I would find something special just for them and they just smile and tell me not to worry… Honestly, most plants left in a saucer in the house would be screaming.

SO, this afternoon I decided I would see what I could come up with. I found an old bag of sphagnum moss in the basement some time ago, so I figured I could use it… Then I went to the barn… Never know what you can find in an old barn, right?

I looked around a little and found this neat old wire basket that had an old plastic pot in it. God only nows where it came from and how long it has been there. It is about 4 1/4″ tall x 4 1/2″ diameter. SO, I thought that looked pretty neat and would work well with the taller plant.

 

Then I went and looked around the yard for something for the smaller one. I found rocks with holes in them but nothing clicked. Then I found this neat old hollow piece of a hedge post. The light came on! I had to sand off the end a little so it would stand up then stuff a little sphagnum moss in it. Looks fine to me!

I haven’t figured out the species names of them yet because there are a lot that look so similar. In time, as they grow and flower, I will be able to figure it out. Ummm… I have heard collecting Tillandsia is very addictive.

Well, that’s it for this post. I hope you are all doing well, staying positive, and GETTING DIRTY!

C. a. ‘Thailand Giant’ Flower And…

Hello folks! Friday evening I was watering the plants and noticed the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ was starting to flower. It was to dark to take a photo then, so I wanted until this morning. Since I have been back here on the farm none of the Colocasia esculenta have flowered. The tuber, or whatever you call them (I keep forgetting) on the Colocasia gigantea and the biggest Colocasia esculenta are getting HUGE! I need to take a photo of them, too.

I took photos on the 9th and 10th but I haven’t made any new posts since the 8th. I have been busy working on the plant pages on the right and have gotten many of them updated this week. SO the next few photos were taken on the 9th and 10th of September…

 

The three Colocasia’s still seem to be in a growing competition. For those of you who don’t know, the two on the right are Colocasia esculenta, descendants from bulbs I bought in 2009. I have more, but these are the biggest. The one on the left, new for 2017, is a Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant.’ The Colocasia in the middle is trying its best not to let the newcomer get ahead of it. I have news for it, though… It should realize that the ‘Thailand Giant’ is still a baby. I wonder how the Colocasia esculenta will top ‘Thailand Giant’s’ flower…

 

The Abelia x grandiflora is going to get a good pruning very soon. I am not sure how tall it is and it would be very difficult to measure. I have a way, but the old step ladder isn’t that sturdy and I don’t think the 12′ tape is long enough. The Missouri Botanical Garden says the mature height of this shrub is 6′, Fine Gardening website says 10′. When I prune it I will find the tallest stem, cut it off at maybe 3′, then measure what I cut off.

 

The big Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) I posted about on September 8 disappeared the day after I took her photo. She still hasn’t showed up… BUT, the smaller one under the Colocasia gigantea is still there and I found another one…

 

The one in the above photo is bigger than the other one, kind of half grown I guess. She is behind her web instead of on the front. Never saw one do that before. I guess it doesn’t matter as long as her prey gets in the web. I tried to put the camera behind the web so I could get a better photo of her… She did not like that and started making her web bounce. So, what happens when winter comes? I only read about them dying after they lay eggs. These smaller females surely won’t lay eggs and die. Do they hibernate or what? Hmmm… I guess i will have to do some more research.

There are also quite a few Spotted Orb Weaver’s (Neoscona crucifera) under the eve of the house. You mainly only see them at night, though. BUT…. When I was mowing I saw this web stretching from one of the shrubs to the railing of the front porch. I was careful not to mess it up. SO, then when I took the photos of the other two spiders, I was surprised to see a Spotted Orb Weaver repairing the web.

I took a lot of photos of her but they were all blurry. SO, I decided to take a video. HOPEFULLY it will show up on the blog when I publish it.

 

The new shade bed is doing OK, but after it rained and rained it just stopped until last night. I looked at the rain gauge and it said 1 7/8″. Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears” is doing the best of the new Hosta and all three Heuchera plants are also doing surprisingly well. The Caladium ‘Strawberry Fields’ was awesome then the heat of the summer really got to it.

 

The south bed has went completely berserk… It is almost October already and the Celosia spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ will fall short of their usual 8-9′. The plants in the bed in the “other yard” haven’t gotten near that tall in several years. That’s weird!

 

I am still amazed by the Marigold ‘Brocade’ plants this year. I spaced them out pretty good and they filled in the gaps until there were no gaps. The plant in the above photo is 36″ wide.

I think I will leave off there. Like I said, nothing exciting the past week except for the surprise flower on the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. SO, how was your week? Any exciting plans for this week?

Until next time, stay well, stay positive, be happy, prosperous and GET DIRTY!!!

The Physostegia virginiana-Obedient Plant

Hello folks! I was mowing a few days ago and was happy to see the Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) with flowers. I almost ran into the side of the foundation as I was making the turn. I bought this plant in the spring of 2016 at one of the local garden club’s plant sales. One of the problems I have with this plant is that they won’t stand up. Supposedly, according to the internet, they will do this if the soil they are in is to rich or they have to much shade. Well, they are in full sun so the shade isn’t the issue. I certainly didn’t think the location where I planted it was “rich” either. Another problem I had earlier was the leaves on top of the plant were black, like they had been burned.

I am glad to see that it is starting to spread a little from the single stem I planted in 2016. Umm… The Obedient Plant is a well-known spreader which is why I planted it in a problem corner. This corner is along the old foundation in “the other yard” where in the early 1980’s I had dug up for a sun garden… It used to be nothing but Bermuda Grass that would send runners all the way up the downspouts and stick out the top. This area would be great for many sun/drought tolerant plants that like a more sandy soil. I had a prickly pear cactus and Achillea millefolium growing here many years ago.

The biggest problem with this area is the Bermuda Grass, which is always a battle. It serves a purpose and makes great lawn grass in some parts of the county, but certainly is not flower bed friendly. My front yard at the mansion was Bermuda Grass and I was glad there wasn’t any in the back yard.

Quiz for you… Do you know why the Physostegia virginiana is called the Obedient Plant?

I think this is the shortest post I ever wrote but I have more to come… Plus, this is my second post for the day! SO, for now, until next time, be happy, healthy, positive, prosperous and always GET DIRTY!

Argiope aurantia-Black & Yellow Garden Spider

Hello folks! How many of these have you seen lately? It is rare these days to see a HUGE Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia). I remember as a kid we always had at least one ever summer along our chicken house. I enjoyed catching grasshoppers and throwing them into the web and watching the spider pounce on them and wrap them up.

When I was living at the mansion in Mississippi there was a big one behind the kitchen one year. A friend came over with his grandmother and a couple of his nephews. Of course we went outside so I told the boys not to bother the spider. When they left the spider was MIA. It seemed like every summer there I saw one or two very small ones on the garden but they always disappeared. I never knew if they made it or were eaten by a bird.

This summer there was a very small one that made a web between the Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ and the porch. I saw it one day and then it was gone. A couple of days ago while taking photos I spotted this one with its web in the Forsythia. I greeted her then went in to get the camera. She was there when I returned ready for her photo shoot.

Of course I had to get online and find something interesting about this spider to share. This species is native to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

They have the characteristic black and yellow markings on their abdomen and the white cephalothorax. The latin name means “gilded silver face”. Actually, the genus name in latin for Argiope means “silver face” while the species name, aurantia, means “gilded”. Males look nothing like the females and are smaller and brown.

The Black and Yellow Garden Spider is in the family of orb-weavers (Araneidae). Interestingly, this species has three claws per foot instead of the common two, which she uses to help her handle the threads while spinning her web.

Like most spiders in general, she does produce venom to immobilize their prey once caught in their web. Normally, they won’t bite anything but their prey, but they have been know to bite if they are picked up or provoked. Their venom seems to be harmless to humans.

The females web is quite interesting and there is a long write up about it on many websites. This spider, however, makes the distinctive zig zag pattern, known as the stabilimentum, in the center of her web. This is perhaps to act as a camouflage when the spider is in the center of her web, to attract insects, or makes the web more visible to birds to they won’t fly in to it.

The spider will sit in her web, upside-down waiting for her prey. If there is a predator nearby, she can move her web back and forth to try and keep them from seeing her clearly. She can also cut herself free and drop to the ground.

She eats the center of her web every evening and rebuilds it every morning…

Like a lot of the larger spiders, the females tend to stay in one place much their entire life. She may move to a more suitable spot for more food supply or for better protection. Males roam around in search for a mate and when they find one, they will build their small web close to or even inside the females web. They court the female by plucking strands on her web. He has to be very cautious, so before he approaches the female he will have a “drop line” ready in case she attacks him. OK, this is where it gets weird… If she likes him, he uses his palpal bulbs on his pedipalps to transfer sperm to the female. After inserting the second palpal bulb he dies. Sometimes the female then eats the male… GEEZ!!! Nature is weird! How in the world does he even know how to do that?

During the night she will lay her eggs on a sheet of silky material then cover them with another layer. Then she adds a brownish protective layer then, with her legs, she rolls the sheet into a ball. Sometimes she will suspend the egg sac in the center of her web where she will spend most of her time. Interestingly, she can produce up to four of these, each one containing around ONE THOUSAND eggs. She stands guard over her brood as long as she is able. After a while, as it gets cooler, she starts to become weak and will die before the first hard frost.

In the spring, the baby spiders come out of their sac. They are about the size of particles of dust. Some of the babies stay close while others extrude a strand of silk that will carry them away in the breeze to other locations. I find it very interesting how so many hatch out yet so few actually make it to maturity.

Hmmm…. They actually breed twice a year but the information online is about the second time, I guess. Wonder what happens the first round?

I find it very interesting how so many hatch out yet so few actually make it to maturity.

Yesterday I went out to where the big spider was and her web was all messed up. It isn’t uncommon for this to happen if something fairly large, like a big grasshopper, gets in their web. I went back outside just a few minutes ago to see if she was there and she wasn’t. I looked all around the Forsythia and there is no sign of her. I went over next to the porch and looked under the Colocasia ‘Thailand Giant’ and the smaller garden spider was still there in her web. I hadn’t seen her for several months and she has grown A LOT! There are many other “fat bodied” spiders along the eve of the house where they are in much less elaborate webs. It is always strange how they disappear during the day.

There were HUGE spiders at the mansion that had webs 20-30 feet in the air stretching from the trees to the side of the mansion. I always wondered how spiders that HUGE could get a web from the trees to the house, some 20′ or so apart. What a marvel of nature!

Well, that is it for this post… I hope you enjoyed reading about the Argiope aurantia, the amazing Black and Yellow Garden Spider. I look forward to reading your comments. Until next time, stay happy, healthy, positive and GET DIRTY when you have the chance!

HARVEY’S SCARE!

Hello folks! This afternoon I was sharpening the blades on the mower and dad was watching me from the porch (the side porch next to the garage). Harvey was about looking for bugs. Then I heard dad talking to someone so I looked up and the boy from across the street was walking across the yard toward him. Dad told him that he needed to keep the dog in the back yard because he chases the cats. Then I saw their big brown dog (umm… one of their dogs) coming around the corner of the house. The boy started calling the dog which paid no attention to him. The dog ran into the other yard, which is also our yard. I get confused talking about two yards. I ignored what was going on because I was busy. Then, after a few minutes, dad said that the dog chased the calico cat up the tree. Not that it matters, but we have at least three calico cats.

Then I stepped out of the garage because I was wondering about Harvey. If you missed who  Harvey is, I named the Old English Game bantam rooster #3 Harvey after the hurricane. He was along the side of the garage so I thought I should put him in his coop. BUT, he sensed that I wanted to catch him and he didn’t want to have any part of it. He had no idea there was a dog in the yard.

Well, I didn’t see the dog, so I started picking up a few limbs from the wind because I was getting ready to mow. Next thing I knew, here comes the dog from where the shade bed is, where he had chased the cat up the tree. Of course, Harvey was right behind me. The dog forgot all about the cat and focused on Harvey. Before I could grab him or tackle the dog, Harvey flew over the garden and disappeared. I saw him fly completely over the garden but the dog thought he was in the garden and immediately started looking for him. SO much for an electric fence! Anyway, I went inside the garden with the dog and there was no sign of Harvey. I know when chickens hide from predators it is not easy to find them until the know the coast is clear. I really wasn’t looking for the rooster, I was mainly making sure the dog didn’t find him.

SO, I called the dog out of the garden, who just walked up to me like we were best friends… I have a different idea of friendship. I pet the dog and started talking to him then he followed me across the street. The gate to the back yard was wide open. There was a small Dachshund mixed dog tied up to the railing on the front porch and a black half Great Dane looking creature tied up in the back yard…. Do you think I could get the brown dog to go into the back yard? NO. Were the neighbors home, yes. Did I knock on their door? NO… Why? Next time I will take a photo and show you why.

Well, the dog went back into our yard. I thought. “This is ridiculous! I am supposed to be mowing the yard, the rooster is MIA and this damn dog is running loose. What if I start mowing and the rooster shows up and the dog catches him while I am mowing?” SO, I started looking for something to put around the dog’s neck that won’t strangle him while I am dragging him across the street. I don’t know this dog even though he introduced himself. I don’t know how he will react to me putting something around his neck… Actually, I didn’t care. I found one of those stretchy tie down straps and put it around his neck and headed across the street.

Once we were there, I had to decide if I wanted to knock on their door or just put the dog in the back yard and close the gate. Knowing the neighbors, the gate won’t even close or is screwed up in some way. SO, I opted to walk the dog up the steps on the front porch and knock on their door… This is not the first time in the past year I have knocked on their door… The first time there was no answer. The second time I heard noises I can’t describe so I left. As I walked up the steps, the dog was somewhat hesitant to follow and whimpered a little. BUT, he came along. I knocked on the door and the lady of the house answered. I asked, “Is this your dog?” She said, “Yes” and thanked me for bringing him home and let him in the house… I told her I would go close the gate and she again, smiled and thanked me…

As it turned out, it was a good thing I took the dog to the front door. As I suspected, the gate would not close. It is a double chain link gate and the post you push down into the dirt to keep it closed was bent. There was a tree growing up where the gate should be, so it wouldn’t even close all the way properly. I managed to get the gate closed enough to wrap the chain that was there around the two gates and dummy lock it with the lock… They probably will tie the dog up because the gate sure won’t keep him in.

Then I went back across the street. Dad was still sitting on the porch, and of course, he had a smile on his face. I told him… Well, I already went through what I did so no use repeating it. Dad said Harvey was in the garden and I told him I was sure he flew across the street. He said he didn’t think so… SO, I went to the garden and there was no sign of Harvey. I went back and told dad if he was in there he is hid pretty good. When the bantams were younger and they got spooked, they would dive into the taller grass or whatever was nearby and be so perfectly still. SO, maybe…

I went ahead and started mowing, thinking Harvey would come out sooner or later. Halfway finished with the front of the yard I heard someone whistling. It was the neighbors, the other neighbors, where I though Harvey had flown into their yard. There was Harvey with them in their yard. Harvey came across the street, walked down the ditch and into our yard.

Harvey wa talking about the ordeal… I told him next time I wanted to catch him during the day it would be for his own good. He then started running across the yard to where dad was sitting and I finished mowing.

When I was finished mowing, I had to go get the camera to take a photo of the flower that FINALLY bloomed! Then I went to put Harvey to bed. Of course, as usual, he didn’t want to go to bed and flew on top of the chicken house. SO, I took a few more photos. He eventually flew down so I picked him up and asked him if any of his feathers turned grey from his ordeal. He had no comment…

Well, that is it for this post. I had taken photos on Saturday and again today, so I need to look through them and get them named and put in their folders. I hope you had, or will have, a great day or evening wherever you may be. Take care, be happy, healthy and prosperous! Take time to breathe in that good fresh air and, or course, GET DIRTY!

 

 

Changing Alocasia odora to Alocasia gageana?

Alocasia from Tarlei’s pot on 6-2-12, #95-37.

Well, folks… I am somewhat confused. In the summer of 2011 when I was living at the mansion in Mississippi, I agreed to house sit several plants of good friends of mine from Greenville. Thomas and Tarlei Hitchcock had become very good friends, in fact Thomas was like a brother. Tarlei was an amazing lady! Anyway, I won’t go into all the details of our friendship right now. Tarlei passed away in 2012 after struggling with breast cancer. I could write a thousand words about her and Thomas and still have thousands more to go. She had the largest funeral I ever attended.

Thomas and Tarlei Hitchcock’s HUGE Philodendron bipinnatifidum on 8-19-11, #74-24.

One of her plants was this HUGE Philodendron bipinnatifidum in this HUGE pot. In 2012, I think, I noticed these little plants coming up. They looked like Alocasia because of their leaves and they pointed upward. At first I thought maybe they were babies of Philodendron and the leaves would eventually change… But, that didn’t happen. I asked Tarlei and showed them when they came for a visit. She had no clue and and she said she never had any Alocasia.

The tallest is 12 inches and the shortest is 6 inches on 7-2-12, #105-5.

They kept growing like crazy and they were definitely Alocasia. I sent photos to an aroid “expert” and he suggested they may be Alocasia odora. Well, I looked that name up on the internet and the leaf shape and everything did resemble my new found friends. Information online said they “could” grow to around 8 feet tall. YIKES!!! SO, I changed all the names on the photos to Alocasia odora… There weren’t many photos at the time, so it was no big deal.

The biggest at 22″ tall on 2-17-13, #139-52.

By the time I was about ready to move back to Missouri, the biggest was 22″ tall. I had this TERRIBLE decision to make and had to give away HUNDREDS of plants. But, I did take this one with me… It was cold besides that so I knew many of the plant would like the 8-9 hour drive in the back of a cold trailer. Not to mention I had no idea what I was going to do with them once I arrived at my parents home…

Alocasia odora on 6-1-13, #151-56.

I put the Alocasia odora pot in front of the sliding door the same night I arrived and the other Alocasia I moved to the basement along with MOST of the other plants I brought with me (I don’t remember how many). The above photo was taken on 6-1-13 and the other plants were already outside. She already had two babies…

Alocasia odora on 7-23-13, #164-8.

I had moved the other Alocasia close to this spot already, so I decided to put Alocasia odora there, too. Ummm… The plant looks taller than it really is because that is a small pot. She is only maybe 24″ here. When cooler weather came I took her back in the house and once again put her in the dining room.

I put the Alocasia odora into a larger pot in the spring of 2014. By July 12, 2014 when the above photo was taken, she and her babies had went bananas!

Well, over the 2014-2015 winter “someone” (not telling who) decided to move the pot into the front bedroom. Gradually, little by little, Alocasia odora showed her disapproval. In fact, the above photo looks good compared to what she looked like before I put her back outside.

By July 12, 2015, they were looking really good once again.

The above photo was taken on July 19, 2016… Yeah, I know the pot is getting full and I need to repot…

BUT, I didn’t until June 24, 2017… I removed 5 good sized plants and put them in their own pots and several other smaller ones, 3-4 per pot. I gave one of the larger pots away.

This photo was taken on 8-23-17, when I repotted the Alocasia ‘Calidora’. There are now 25 Alocasia odora, including the new babies in the larger pots.

Now, remember what i said before? Alocasia odora can grow up to 8′ tall… I have always wondered WHY “my” Alocasia odora have grown no taller than about 24″. Seemed a little weird to me. After 5 years, wouldn’t you think they would have gotten bigger? Look at the others and how HUGE they have grown to…

Well, today I was finishing up the page for the Alocasia ‘Calidora’, which is a hybrid between Alocasia gageana and Alocasia odora. Alocasia odora is commonly called the “GIANT UPRIGHT” Elephant Ear. Umm… Alocasia gageana is commonly known as the “DWARF” Elephant Ear. Folks, a light came on. Here I have been looking online for a species of Alocasia that are short and it was right in front of my face all the time. SO, I looked at photos and information online about Alocasia gageana and the leaves and everything look similar, just like Alocasia odora did in 2012. The big difference is their “approximate” full height. Alocasia gageana only grows from 2-4′ tall. SO far, that is the smallest Alocasia species I have found with green leaves and green petioles.

A week or so ago I sent the “expert” that suggested this plant was Alocasia odora in 2012… I told him about my puzzlement because they had not grown as tall as Alocasia odora should be… So far, no response. That doesn’t surprise me because he probably thinks I am an idiot.

So, if I do decide to change the name, I have to rename only 38 photos. That’s not near as bad as when scientific names change and I have a few hundred photos to rename.

Well, that’s it for now. I still have the aroid post to finish. I just got a little excited about possibly figuring out the real name of this plant. Am I sure? NO. Unless you buy a named plant, ever being sure of what you think is always questionable. NO, even though I may have the name, I am still open.

Well, I better stop for now. I am getting tired and think I better take a nap before dinner.

Take care, be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous. Get dirty when you can and enjoy nature in all it’s amazement!