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Alocasia esculata var tea cup - Plant

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Plants do not need too much water over their roots. If planted with deep growing waterlilies etc make sure that the pots for this alocasia are raised and the plants do not submerge too much.
Plants spread quickly. They will more or less stay contained in the pots. So you can limit growth by limiting the size of the pot.
Repotting every 2nd or 3 rd year will keep plants looking healthy.
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Description for Alocasia esculata var tea cup

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
Tea Cup 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 tea cup

  • 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 tea cup

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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