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The Elephant Ear’s

29 June, 2010 1 comment

Most of my colocasia’s survived the winter in a pot in my garage which never dropped below 40f. I did lose one Alocasia and my ‘Illustris’ and an unknown colocasia to rot. The surviving plants are ‘Pink China’, ‘Big Dipper’, ‘Black Pearl’ and another unknown colocasia that I purchased off of Ebay last year. I seems that these plants are growing much better and larger here in Kentucky. I think  it has to do with the ground holding more water then the sandy Florida soil. I know I can’t take credit for watering any of these plants because I have done it once this summer. All the other watering has been from rain and that hasn’t been too regular.

This is my ‘Black Pearl’. This plant didn’t have too long to grow in Florida before cooler weather came and I dug it up to put it in a pot for the move to Kentucky. It has been producing huge leaves and is sending out quite a few runners. One runner has reached about two feet and is into the grass. I really like the dark mark at the center of the leaf and along the green leaves. I had no idea that this plant sent out runners.

In front of it is a Crepe Myrtle that was just a one branch seedling that is close to blooming.

The ‘Pink China’ colocasia is probably my favorite. I love the way it bunches up together and the pink stems. It is reported hardy to zone 6 and possible zone 5. It too has started to send out runners away from the main plant. I had no idea that this colcoasia would send out any runner at all either.

Colocasia ‘Pink China’

The odd thing about my ‘Pink China’ and possibly all of them is the fact that it keeps producing variegated leaves every couple of leaves. I am going to watch and see because I believe it is just on of the plants, the original, that is doing this.

Here is another view of the ‘Pink China’. The two rocks I have them set part underground because the rain was washing the mulch because it is kinda a slope from the front yard through to the backyard. I think it looks good against the plant.

The next Colocasia is the ‘Big Dipper’ that has just started to hold water in it’s leaves. It is doing well and I actually have it in two other areas because I thought they were the other colocasia’s that rotted. It too has surprised me by sending out runners.

Here is the ‘Big Dipper’ and you can see all of the babies.

The final Colocasia is the unknown one that I bought from a person on Ebay last summer. I have always like it and it is different looking. The stems are held high and the leaves are kind tilted. It is producing babies but as so far not produced any runners. This and the regular green colocasia are the only two that performed well in Florida last summer.

I will have to try and get a better picture of how it holds it’s leaves.

I feel really good about the growth thus far and for the rest of the summer. I am only really missing my ‘Illustris’ and a ‘Black Magic’ and regular Colocaisa to a lesser extent but I would still love to have those two.

Updates

29 June, 2010 Leave a comment

Just so you don’t think I am crazy I just wanted to let you know that I posted the weather summaries because I failed to do so when I should have and I wanted them to show as a record on here, this blog. I do have picture updates on my landscape as soon as I can put the pictures on my computer. As of now I am waiting to clean up my computer because currently I have no space to put the pictures on my computer to do any updates at all.

JAKE

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May 2010 Weather Summary

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The May 2010 Monthly Weather Summary:

Average High: 75f/23.9c     Average Low: 55f/12.8c     Average Rainfall: 4.02″/102.108mm

2009 High: 77f/25c     2009 Low: 60f/15.6c      2009 Rainfall: 10.91″/277.114mm

Departure: +2 degrees                     Departure: +5 degrees            Departure: +6.89″/+175.006mm

Snowfall: 0.00″ /0.00mm   Average Snowfall: TRACE″/TRACEmm

Departure: -TRACE″/-TRACEmm

Number of Highs at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 0

Number of Lows at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 9

Number of Highs at or Above 90f/32.2c or Hotter: 0

Number of Lows at or above 75f/23.9c or Hotter: 0

Number of Records: 1

Highest Recorded Temperature: 89f/31.7c degrees on May 27

Lowest Recorded Temperature: 42f/5.6c degrees on May 9

WINTER 2009-2010 SNOWFALL YTD: 29.60″/751.84mm

April 2010 Weather Summary

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The April 2010 Monthly Weather Summary:

Average High: 69f/20.6c     Average Low: 47f/8.3c     Average Rainfall: 3.67″/93.218mm

2009 High: 76f/24.4c     2009 Low: 53f/11.7c      2009 Rainfall: 3.95″/100.33mm

Departure: +7 degrees                     Departure: +6 degrees            Departure: +0.28″/7.112mm

Snowfall: 0.00″ /0.00mm   Average Snowfall: 0.30″/7.62mm

Departure: -0.30″/-7.62mm

Number of Highs at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 0

Number of Lows at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 0

Number of Highs at or Above 90f/32.2c or Hotter: 0

Number of Records: 2

Highest Recorded Temperature: 87f/30.6c degrees on April 6(RECORD)

Lowest Recorded Temperature: 39f/3.9c degrees on April 4, 9, 18 and 28

WINTER 2009-2010 SNOWFALL YTD: 29.60″/751.84mm

March 2010 Weather Summary

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The March 2010 Monthly Weather Summary:

Average High: 55f/12.8c     Avergae Low: 36f/2.2c     Average Rainfall: 4.41″/112.04mm

2009 High: 58f/14.4c     2009 Low: 38f/3.3c      2009 Rainfall: 1.02″/25.908mm

Departure: +3 degrees                     Departure: +2 degrees            Departure: -3.39″/-86.106mm

Snowfall: 0.00″ /0.00mm   Average Snowfall: 2.70″/68.58mm

Departure: -2.70″/-68.58mm

Number of Highs at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 0

Number of Lows at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 9

Number of Highs at or Above 90f/32.2c or Hotter: 0

Number of Records: 0

Highest Recorded Temperature: 75f/23.9c degrees on March 21

Lowest Recorded Temperature: 22f/-5.6c degrees on March 5

WINTER 2009-2010 SNOWFALL YTD: 29.60″/751.84mm

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February 2010 Weather Summary

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The February 2010 Monthly Weather Summary:

Average High: 45f/7.2c     Avergae Low: 28f/-2.2c     Average Rainfall:3.27 ″/83.058mm

2009 High: 37f/2.8c     2009 Low: 23f/-5c      2009 Rainfall: 0.95″/24.13mm

Departure: -9 degrees                     Departure: -4 degrees            Departure: -2.32″/-58.298mm

Snowfall: 13.40″ /340.36mm   Average Snowfall: 4.70″/119.38mm

Departure: +8.70″/+241.30mm

Number of Highs at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 12

Number of Lows at or Below 32f/0c degrees: 25

Number of Highs at or Above 90f/32.2c or Hotter: 0

Number of Records: 0

Highest Recorded Temperature: 66f/18.9c degrees on February 21

Lowest Recorded Temperature: 12f/-11.1c degrees on February 10 and 12

WINTER 2009-2010 SNOWFALL YTD: 29.60″/751.84mm

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February 2010 was very cold and snowy.

Forgive Me

27 June, 2010 Leave a comment

Please forgive my absence. I have everything planted but just haven’t taken the time to take any pictures. I hope to get all of that done this week and have some post on here again. I can’t believe April 5 was the last time I wrote on here.  IN all honesty the plants are just starting to look good.

Jake

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