Hell0 again! I hope this post finds you all well. The new Colocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ (I mean Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’) I bought from an Ebay seller arrived on Tuesday. It was wrapped in a newspaper printed in Chinese. I looked the newspaper over and found out it was The Epoch Times.
I know this is supposed to be a post about the new bulb but I had to further investigate this newspaper. 🙂 The Epoch Times was founded in 2000 in New York City by a group of Chinese-American Falun Gong practitioners. The newspaper is either sold or distributed free of charge in 35 countries in 21 languages. The founders say they were responding to censorship inside China and a lack of international understanding about the Chinese repression of Falun Gong. The newspaper can be read online and receives 105 million page views per month from 20 million visitors. Anyway, the Wikipedia article and the newspaper’s website are quite interesting.
I unwrapped the newspaper to find a box…
I opened the box to find an envelope…
I opened the envelope to find a, umm, sweet potato? Well, it sure looks like the white sweet potatoes I grew in 2016.
Well, I am pretty confident it is a Colocasia, I mean Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’. It looks nothing like what I expected, though. I expected it to look like a bulb similar to the Colocasia esculents judging from the bulb that grew from the ‘Thailand Giant’ I grew last year. It looks similar to the rhizomes that grow from my Colocasia esculenta only MUCH, MUCH larger.
Previously, I had bought a Colocasia gigantea from Wellspring Gardens as a starter plant in 2009. Then, in 2012, I bought a ‘Thailand Giant’ from him. The first one died after a week or so and he promptly replaced it free of charge. I didn’t complain, I just told him it died and I was going to buy another one. The above photo was taken on April 15, 2012.
I put them both in a larger pot after they arrived. He said they don’t like a lot of water when they are small. Who would have thought that from a Colocasia? I followed his advice and the second did fine. This photo was taken on June 11, 2012.
After it grew a little larger I planted in the ground. I took this photo of the ‘Thailand Giant’ in the backyard of the mansion on September 24, 2012. It didn’t grow that large, though. Not near as big as any of the Colocasia esculenta.
This is the plant I bought from Wildwood Greenhouse on May 20, 2017. It was MUCH larger than the starter plants I had bought from Wellspring.
The above photo was taken on September 23 with 4 flowers. It went on to produce 6 flowers from one petiole… No wonder this plants name was changed back to Leucocasia gigantea. The flowers are typical aroid but none of my Colocasia esculenta or any of my Alocasia produce flowers in a cluster like that. Well, my Alocasia lauterbachiana did do something weird, too.
It grew to almost 6 feet tall by the time we had our first frost. Its biggest leaf grew to nearly 48″ long x almost 36″ wide. I have seen many photos online of the ‘Thailand Giant’ growing to at least 10 feet tall. It isn’t uncommon for its leaves to grow 4 to 6 feet long x 3 to 5 feet wide.
By the time we had our first frost, it had produced 6 flowers from one petiole and three from another.
When I dug the bulb, it measured around 5″ in diameter.
The seller’s listing said he gets his bulbs from a “supplier” and they are from the Wellspring Gardens strain… Well, I suppose that means his supplier’s original plants came from Wellspring Gardens. There are many websites online that sell “Colocasia gigantea” ‘Thailand Giant’ but they are plants. I have not seen any bulbs of this plant except from the listings from the seller I bought mine from on Ebay… Click HERE for a link to his listing. Yeah, I know. Technically they aren’t called bulbs.
I took photos of the Colocasia esculenta and Amorphophallus bulbs today. I put the Caladium bulbs in a pot and repotted the Calla. I also planted the smaller Colocasia esculenta bulbs along the north side of the chicken house. I worked a while on the Canna bed and hope to work on it more today. I would say tomorrow, but right now it is almost 2 AM on Wednesday so it is already tomorrow. 🙂 Maybe I can also plant the rest of the Colocasia and the ‘Thailand Giant’. It is going to take a getting used to calling it Leucocasia gigantea.
So, until next time, stay well, be positive, and as always GET DIRTY!