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Alocasia odora

A large aroid, widely distributed from northeastern India to Japan and Indonesia. The huge, light green leaves resemble elephant's ears, held upright atop a thick, soft trunk that can reach several meters tall. It is an indispensable landscaping plant for providing an unsurpassed tropical look and it is one of the hardiest Alocasia. While the leaves are sensitive to frost, the trunk can sustain some freezes and cool conditions and survive in temperate climates that would otherwise seem too cold for such a tropical looking plant.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
I put my seeds just under the surface of a 50/50 mix of cocopeat and perlite, in a clear plastic sealed container, in the garden shed. Average daytime temperature of 30C, with cooler nights. 2 weeks later I had shoots 2 cms long with roots of equal size. I transplanted them into 5cm plastic pots, watered them with a seawood solution and placed them outdoors in full shade. They have been growing at a rate of 1. 5 cms per week ever since. Although I am very new to cultivating plants from seed, I am very pleased with the ease and speed that these germinated and grew. I intend to try other alocasia species now.
Submitted on 23/12/2009 by Robyn Creighton-Hurst

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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