Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 4-15-12, #86-7.

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’

Alocasia Amazonica x Alocasia macrorrhizos

a-loh-KAY-see-uh  am-uh-ZOH-nik-uh x mak-roh-RY-zos

I bought my Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ from Brent & Becky’s in the spring of 2012 while living at the mansion in Mississippi. This hybrid Alocasia was developed by Brian Williams of Brian’s Botanicals. Brian is one of the foremost Aroid breeders and if his name is on it, you can bet it will be AWESOME!

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 4-15-12, #86-8.

Beautiful leaves of the Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ with pollen on it from the Ligustrum tree in the backyard at the mansion in Mississippi.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-2-12, #95-7.

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ has the potential to grow to 8′ tall x 4-5′ wide. They are winter cold hardy in USDA Zones 8-11.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-8-12, #97-2.

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ has these nice dark green leaves with creamy white midribs. The interesting thing is the maroon undersides…

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-3-12, #107-10.

When cooler temps started approaching I had to move the Alocasia into one of the sunrooms in the mansion.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 10-28-12, #126-6.

The above photo was taken in the parlor on 10-28-12 and it measured 44″ tall x 54″ wide. This was the last photo of A. ‘Mayan Mask’ at the mansion in Mississippi. Of course, I brought it with me when I moved back to the farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013.

 

2013

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 5-14-13, #148-5.

I brought my Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ with me when I moved to Missouri in February 2013. The three in this photo, Alocasia ‘Calidora’ (right), Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ (Center), and Alocasia ‘Portora’ (right) had been in the basement until temperatures permitted them to go outside on May 14. They did very well in the basement in front of a window and I was pleasantly surprised.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-14-13, #162-8.

I decided to put my plants from the basement next to and behind the shed in the backyard where my grandparent’s used to live (where I lived from April 1981-July 1987).

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-23-13, #164-2.

Not many insects bother the Alocasia, but it appeared a hungry grasshopper gave one of the leaves a try. They were really bad in 2013 and so were the crickets. Sometimes a branch or twigs would fall out of the trees and poke holes in the leaves or tear them.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-23-13, #178-6.

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ with its first baby. NICE!

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 9-18-13, #188-7.

Moving back to Missouri was a big change for me… I had grown so used to being at the mansion with “just right” conditions I got really spoiled too. I grew up here but a lot has changed since 1987. SO, not only will I have to get used to it again, so will the plants.

The Alocasia did just fine all summer and cooler temps started approaching. In October I moved them back into the basement.

 

2014

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-1-14, #228-9.

We made it through our first full winter in the basement with flying colors. I decided to put the Alocasia next to the barrel that covers the old well in my grandparent’s former backyard. This spot gets some morning and mid-afternoon sun but it lightly shaded the rest of the day.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-12-14, #229-3.

I was glad the Alocasia liked this spot and do very well here.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-29-14, #230-13.

I was excited when Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ started growing her first bud. I didn’t take many photos in 2014, but we got through the summer and through the next winter.

 

2015

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-12-15, #271-2.

Once again back outside in their favorite spot, Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ is doing very well by mid-summer. I didn’t take many photos in 2015 either…

 

2016

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ leaf on 7-19-16, #274-5.

One of the best things about growing Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ is their leaves with the maroon undersides with prominent creamy midribs and lateral veins.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-19-16, #274-6.

I now had three pots with Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’… Looks like the big one needs babies removed again…

 

2017

Well, we made it through another winter pretty well and now I have to do some work removing babies…

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 6-24-17, #349-6.

I had already removed the larger babies from this pot so I left these for later.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 7-11-17, #356-4.

Which, of course, grew… Ummm, something looks fishy.

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-11-17, #365-2.

And grew. But something was very weird…

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-11-17, #365-3.

How in the heck did Alocasia ‘Portora’ babies get in this pot with the Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’?

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-23-17, #368-29.

FINALLY, on 8-23-17 I had to do some re-potting. After I was finished with the biggest pot of Alocasia ‘Calidora’, I took the biggest pot of ‘Mayan Mask’ to the table… The two bigger “babies” should have been removed a long time ago. In all, I removed seven babies. I removed four ‘Mayan Mask’ and three ‘Portora’.

 

This was the original plant I bought from Brent& Becky’s in the spring of 2012. I always keep the original tag (if they have one) with the original plant.

I STILL have a couple of pots of ‘Mayan Mask’ that have babies that need to be removed, not counting A. ‘Portora’s pots!

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-29-17, #369-9.

Just look at that AWESOME leaf!!!

 

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ on 8-29-17, #369-10.

I was taking photos for a post about aroids and why Alocasia leaves stand upright and Colocasia leaves droop. As with this photo, you can see how the petiole attaches almost straight into the midrib.   The area where the petiole and midrib join is called the apex.

This page is STILL under construction…

In fact, as long as I have this blog running and am growing the Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’, this page will continue to be under construction.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE
WIKIPEDIA
DAVE’S GARDEN
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
PLANT CARE TODAY

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