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Alocasia esculata var chartreuse - Plant

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This is not a common variety. The regular green to greenish purple variety is commonly seen growing in India. It is usually planted where kitchen washing water flows off. Plants love water and wet areas. It spreads and grows well if given some fertilizer. Even without leaves can be harvested every second week.
The yellow variety too is easy to grow. It is slower growing and is also less tolerant of very harsh sunlight.
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Description for Alocasia esculata var chartreuse

Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables most commonly known as taro. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Common name: Alocasia Chartreuse, Yellow Alocasia Yellowish-white Rarely flowers 3.00 to 6.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

Grow in partial shade and humusy, moist or wet, slightly acidic soil. Taro can be grown in the ground or in a large aquatic container. Store dormant tubers in a dry, frost-free location.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil Medium to wet 45ºF Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Alocasia esculata var chartreuse

  • Colocasia esculenta isn’t just an ornamental plant either. In many places around the world, this species is grown as a food source. The roots, or tubers, of the plant have a potato-like consistency and can be cooked in a similar manner. Colocasia esculenta is known by many different nick names, including taro root, poi, potato of the tropics, eddo, djamandarrand and papachina.

Typical uses of Alocasia esculata var chartreuse

Special features: Lends a large tropical look to gardens, water margins and large containers. Excellent as a specimen or in groups.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: One such plant is Colocasia esculenta Linn, commonly known as taro (English); aravi (Hindi) and alupam (Sanskrit). It is a tall and perennial herbaceous plant growing throughout India. Colocasia esculenta Linn.

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a442 http://www.finegardening.com/taro-colocasia-esculenta

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