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Tropical / Giant Elephant Ear (Leucocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant')

Giant Elephant Ear (Leucocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant')
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This species produces leaves that are truly gigantic: in tropical enviroments they can grow up to a size of 180 cm!

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Common name:
Giant Elephant Ear

Origin:
Thailand

Minimum temperature:
5 degrees Celsius

Description:
This species produces leaves that are truly gigantic: in tropical enviroments they can grow up to a size of 180 cm! They will stay smaller as a houseplant, but will still be very impressive. This variety 'Thailand Giant' porduces the largest leaves of the species and was discovered in 2003 in the tropical rainforests of Kanchanaburi in Thailand. These huge leaves evaporate a lot of water and need much nutrition to grow. Make sure to provide a nutrient rich soil and frequently give them fertilizer. Furthermore, the plant needs water once the soil is almost dried out. Especially younger plants should not have wet feet or a soil that is too wet, while older plants use so much water that there is little risk of overwatering them. Choose a sunny to a half-shade spot for the plant not too close to a heater and regularly spray the leaves with water. With these circumstances the plant will be able to grow easily and could eventually flower with creme white flowers that smell deliciously sweet. The old Latin name was Colocasia gigantea, but it is still regularly used and refers to the same species.

Sowing description:
The seeds have a short shelf live and can be sowed superficially in sowing mix shortly after receiving the seeds. They don't need any preparation. Keep the soil moist and cover them with plastic foil or glass. Germination usually occurs after a couple of weeks at 25-30dgC.       

Sowing time:
Whole year

Difficulty:
Average

Foto's: Dick Culbert

 

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