Alocasia x portora
Alocasia portei x Alocasia odora
a-loh-KAY-see-uh por-te-i x oh-DOR-uh
This hybrid was produced by LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research. Although many websites state that they grow to 6-8 feet, the Aroidia Research website shows one that is at least 12′. Brian’s Botanicals website also says they will grow 10-12′.
I bought my Alocasia ‘Portora’ from Wellspring Gardens in the spring of 2009. It has been a very impressive plant for sure and this page is in tribute to the Alocasia ‘Portora’. My Alocasia ‘Portora’ and I have been through a lot together from the spring of 2009 until 2017 when I am writing this page. In the beginning, I was completely new to Alocasia, so there were ups and downs with some of the others. A. ‘Portora’ continued to survive, thrive and produce many babies. Reluctantly, when I moved back to Missouri in February 2013, the original plant was to HUGE to bring with me. SO, I brought the largest baby which went through an 8-9 hour ride in a trailer in 30 degrees. She has survived every winter since then in a cool basement with not much light. I didn’t realize I could have just cut off the leaves and brought the bigger plant… SO, this page is about my eight-year journey with Alocasia ‘Portora’. I hope you enjoy!
When cooler temperatures started coming I moved the potted plants from the backyard into the sunrooms, den, butler’s pantry and kitchen. When we had warm days I would move the plants to the front porch, which is 40′ wide. The above photo was taken on 12-18-09 and the Alocasia ‘Portora’ measured 25″ tall.
In the spring of 2010, I decided to put the Alocasia ‘Portora’ in the ground in this new bed. Umm… Pot and all. By the time this photo was taken on 9-15-10 she was 48″ tall.
According to the Aroidia Research website, there are two variations of this cross between Alocasia portei and Alocasia odora. One, which she calls A. ‘Portora Red’ has the reddish coloration on the petioles and mauve colored spathe on the inflorescence. The other she calls ‘Portora Green’ which is completely green.
This beautiful dark green ruffled leaf of the Alocasia ‘Portora’ measured 21″ wide x 31″ long on 9-15-10, #59-7. I know there are many much bigger Alocasia out there in the world, but this was my first Alocasia in my own little paradise. I thought it was HUGE and AWESOME at the time.
There is a seedling selection of this plant that is sold incorrectly by the name of ‘Portadora’, ‘Portodora’, Portidora, or ‘Portore’. Aroidia Research did not choose that selection for the market. She also said that “should” they decide to introduce their selection on the market, it would be called Alocasia ‘Thunder Waves’. The Aroidia Research website does not give any dates, but according to The National Gardening Association website, LariAnn’s selections from the original cross were made in the 1980’s.
Plant Delights Nursery, who is usually very accurate, has an Alocasia ‘Portodora’ listed and says it was selected by Ron Weeks “FROM” seedlings of an Alocasia x portora cross (Alocasia odora x Alocasia portei) made by LariAnn Garner of Aroida Research. Their information states they grow to a height of 96″.
The above photo is the photo of her first flower. I thought it was quite strange how much attention I paid to my plants and completely didn’t notice she had a flower until it started to wilt. She produced another one 8 days later but that photo was blurry.
By August 3, 2011, when the above photo was taken, Alocasia ‘Portora was 70 inches tall. Looking more AWESOME all the time!
Alocasia ‘Portora’ is definitely one of the most cold hardy Alocasia on the market, being cold hardy in USDA Zones 7b-10b.
Now three years old and back outside again. Alocasia ‘Portora’ just gets more AWESOME all the time.
The above photo is an Alocasia ‘Portora’ offset that I removed on 4-15-12.
Unlike the Colocasia esculenta and some other Aroids, the flowers of the Alocasia have a very pleasant scent.
Alocasia ‘Portora’ with another baby in the west sunroom for the winter again. She was 72″ tall 86″ wide when this photo was taken on 10-28-12.
Alocasia ‘Portora’ never failed to make a great impression with all everyone who visited the mansion, and with me as well. The photo on the left was taken when it was 70 inches tall and two years old on 8-3-11 (#70-1). The center photo is a good one of both its inflorescence and the color of the petiole (stem). It seems to have shrunk somewhat because it measured 64″ when the photo on the right was taken on 9-22-11 (#80-4). Well, as the plant grows the leaves will droop somewhat as the younger leaves grow taller.
When I moved back to the farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013 I left my original Alocasia ‘Portora’ with a friend in Mississippi. I brought one of her offspring with me, though. I thought the original plant was too large to bring with me, but I guess I could have just removed the leaves. I didn’t think of it at the time. The trip to Missouri took 8-9 hours and it was 30 degrees. There was a lot of snow on the ground when I arrived at my parent’s home and it was late in the night. I took my plants to their basement where they stayed until temps were warm enough to take outside.
Alocasia ‘Portora’ recovered very well and was looking forward to being outside. The plant on the right is an Aloe odora, which I now think maybe Aloe gageana instead. I decided to temporarily put the Alocasia next to one of dads sheds.
I later moved them to another spot where I had refurbished part of a flower bed I had made over 20 years earlier. It was much shadier now than before…
Back outside again for the summer and doing very well. I was amazed at how well the Alocasia overwintered so well in the basement. The barrel the Alocasia are around is covering an old well. The shade bed is to the left.
Alocasia ‘Portora’ did very well all summer and when cooler temps came, went back in the basement for the winter.
WELL, what can I say? One Sunday morning my Alocasia were attacked while still in the basement over the winter. I knew they would be OK eventually and here you see Alocasia ‘Portora’ sending up a sign that she is indeed OK… Those little flat round things are seeds from the Chinese Elm tree.
As weird as it looks… At first, I had no idea what was going on. It looked sort of like a flower stalk. But a petiole/leaf finally poked through the sheath…
The leaf was torn up… Then I decided that happened when this plant was “attacked” and it tore up the beginning of this leaf. That seems a little bizarre because in photo #255-3 there was barely even a sprout… That was there before had all died and the plant almost went dormant.
By July 12, Alocasia ‘Portora’ was looking really good. Within a few months, cold weather was coming and once again the Alocasia were moved inside for another winter.
After going through a winter in the basement, the Alocasia take some time to adjust to being outside. They do pretty good in the basement but not 100%. By the time the temps warm up enough for them to be out outside they look a bit ragged.
For some reason, I didn’t take many photos in 2016. Well, for one thing, I didn’t have the blog up and running again yet.
Back outside AGAIN for the summer, Alocasia ‘Portora seems so relieved!
The largest bulb, tuber, or whatever you choose to call it, almost went dormant but by 6-24-17, has returned to life.
Alocasia ‘Portora’ looking really AWESOME on July 11, 2017.
Umm… I know this pot is getting really crowded and seeds some attention. The big leaf in the center on top is Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’.
WOW! I know if I had have put the individual plants in their own pots they would have been MUCH larger by now. BUT, I didn’t get to do that in 2017.
I was working on a post to talk about the differences between Alocasia and Colocasia so I took photos of the leaf undersides. Here you see how the petiole attaches to the leaf’s midrib, which is called an apex.
I am really debating whether or not to separate the plants this late in the summer. Temps are starting to get cooler and the Alocasia will be going to the basement maybe in mid-October… We shall see.
As with all pages of the plants that are currently growing here, this page is always growing. More photos and experiences with them will be added as time goes by.
I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the AWESOME Alocasia ‘Portora’. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you. If you live nearby and would like to have an Alocasia ‘Portora’ or any of the other plants I have extra of, just let me know. I am always happy to share or trade for plants I don’t have.